but if

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but if

  1. (obsolete) Unless. [13th-16th c.]
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book VIII:
      And therewithall he swange oute a swerde and seyde, ‘But yf thou telle me all who hath ben here, now shalt thou dey!’
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, IV.7:
      Ne living aide for her on earth appeares, / But-if the heavens helpe to redresse her wrong, / Moved with pity of her plenteous teares.