Citations:if, as and when

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English citations of if, as and when

Sentence-final[edit]

  • 1944, Thomas Reed Powell, letter to William O. Douglas, quoted in Melvin I. Urofsky (1989), '"Dear Teacher": The Correspondence of William O. Douglas and Thomas Reed Powell'[1], Law and History Review 7(2), page 364,
    No one cares about what a judge thinks, if, as and when. All that counts is what he says.
  • 1988, Harry Brown, A Walk in the Sun[2], ISBN 0803261489, page 75:
    The whole thing, Tyne decided, would make a nice problem to mull over in his old age -- if, as, and when.
  • 2001, Tony Shalhoub as Freddy Riedenschneider, The Man Who Wasn't There:
    We'll talk about appeals if, as and when.

English citations of if-as-and-when

  • 1986, Roy Hoopes, “Introduction”, in 60 Years of Journalism[3], ISBN 0879723270, page 113:
    Geyelin declined to hire Cain as an if-as-and-when editorial writer, and it appeared as if James M. Cain, like an old soldier — would never die, but just fade away.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 1995, Brian A. Garner, A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage[4], ISBN 0195142365, page 414:
    An even worse manifestation of the phrase is if, as, and when [] One of the three words is suitable virtually wherever this phrase appears.
  • 2002, Robert Hartwell Fiske, The Dimwit's Dictionary: 5,000 Overused Words and Phrases and Alternatives to Them[5], ISBN 0966517679, page 192:
    if, as, and when A wretched redundancy