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in the unlikely event (that) (something) happens

If a very improbable outcome turns out to be the case. I wouldn't worry too much, but in the unlikely event that you lose your job, you can always come live with us for a while. In the unlikely event I win the lottery, the first thing I would do is travel to Jamaica.
See also: event, happen, unlikely

in the unlikely event of something

 and in the unlikely event that something happens
if something—which probably will not happen—actually happens. In the unlikely event of my getting the job, I'll have to buy a car to get there every day. In the unlikely event of a fire, please walk quickly to an exit.
See also: event, of, unlikely

in the unlikely event

If something improbable should occur. For example, In the unlikely event that I'm held up, please cover for me, or In the unlikely event that we should have snow in May, we're still well equipped to cope with it . Also see under in case, def. 2.
See also: event, unlikely
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Addressing the Australian Financial Review Business Summit in Sydney, governor Philip Lowe said the current rate of wage growth is unlikely to result in a 2.5-percent rise in inflation, which is the central bank's target.
If the name returns at all, it is unlikely to be before the early 2020s.
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Long said that in the unlikely event that the Fed does raise rates, the increase would likely be 25 basis points.
"I would say it's more unlikely than likely that he'll be running in the Derby.
Fitch believes public banks are unlikely to significantly raise their risk appetites over the near term.
Jamie Murray was listed alongside Dominic Inglot when the draw was made for the World Group first-round tie against the United States and the former Wimbledon champion says the team is unlikely to change ahead of tomorrow's doubles action.
The world No.5 said: "I would say it is unlikely I will play the doubles but if it's required then I obviously know Jamie's game well, and Dom's.
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"An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir" is an exceptionally well written and engaging account that is beautifully illustrated throughout with full color photography.
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I think they are hebes and since they are not even in flower, it seems unlikely they could have any pollen.
It seems to be a photograph that briefly captures two unlikely worlds colliding.
The Fraser Institute's controversial proposal to open up Canada's wireless market by eliminating limits on foreign ownership will add a spark to the debate about competition in the sector but is unlikely to be put into practice, telecommunications analysts say.
Summary: FSA director Andrew Rhodes has said it is "very unlikely anyone will fall ill" from bute traces found in Asda corned beef products.