if, as and when

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if, as and when (not comparable)

  1. (informal, chiefly law) In the event that the thing being discussed comes to pass.
    • 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, page 75:
      The whole thing, Tyne decided, would make a nice problem to mull over in his old age -- if, as, and when.
    • 2001, The Man Who Wasn't There:
      Freddy Riedenschneider (Tony Shalhoub): We'll talk about appeals if, as and when.