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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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Since any increase in rates would be small, it is unlikely to have much of an impact on members, Long said.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee was told by Homer that HMRC would be unlikely to take action against HMRC.
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.
He used his hands to show that Arsenal were winning 2-0 and the FA are unlikely to take any action because it was not offensive.
According to Barclays Plc (LSE: BARC), the central bank of Philippines is unlikely to change its interest rates.
However, local Nicolas Buissart has capitalised on this notoriety, and his City Safari is proving an unlikely hit.
ITV documentary Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar, seeks to answer the question, and gives a revealing insight into the life of the woman who achieved worldwide acclaim and became the most incredible success story of our time.
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He's the wrong shape and size for Wimbledon - he's a very tall, big dog - so a Derby campaign is unlikely.
2 : not promising <This is an unlikely place for fishing.
The ninth novel of former journalist Robert Gover, On The Run With Dick and Jane is the story of a truly unlikely couple--Jane, a twelve-year-old stowaway girl fleeing an overseas sex slavery operation, and Dick, a sixty-three year-old man grieving the death of his beloved wife and struggling with mounting medical bills.
is unlikely to occur anytime soon for a variety of reasons, including the facts that it isn't a big player in SUVs and it doesn't sell pickups.
In the first such deal among the four major global distribution systems, Amadeus and Sabre Holdings announced they entered into an agreement that enables "Amadeus customers to complete bookings on an airline [through Sabre] in the unlikely event of that airline withdrawing from participation in Amadeus," and vice versa.
VICTORIA -- "A large numbers of people referred to Job Placement do not benefit from the program," a report on BC government's job placement and training programs for social assistance recipients indicates and "it is unlikely that the Ministry's savings in BCEA payments will exceed the cost of the program for some time.