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If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It »
(it is already working well, so don't change it...)


If It's Not One Thing, It's Another »
(too many things are going wrong, one after another...)


If Not »
(if it does not happen or is not true...)


If Push Comes To Shove »
(if we have to use force...)


If So »
(if that happens or is true...)


If The Shoe Fits, Wear It »
(if what people are saying is true, let's agree that it is true; it is a fair and good description; it is that way and it cannot be denied...)


If Worst Comes To Worst »
(if things turn out badly, here is what we can do...)


If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them »
(since we cannot defeat them, let's work together with them...)


If You Can't Stand The Heat, Get Out Of The Kitchen »
(if you want to be responsible then you must face difficulties...)


What If »
(consider this possibility...)


A Fighting Chance »
(having a chance to win if they fight very hard...)


A Matter Of Life And Death »
(if this does not happen, some may die...)


A Sporting Chance »
(the chance to win if one tries hard...)


A Word To The Wise »
(good advice; you will listen to this advice if you are smart...)


Acid Test »
(a test to see if the thing really works...)


All Work And No Play Makes Jack A Dull Boy »
(a children's rhyme that says one is bored - and boring - if one only works; a person who only works becomes boring because doing fun things makes life interesting...)


Be That As It May »
(even if that is true...)


Don't Put The Cart Before The Horse »
(certain things will fail if they are not done in the correct order...)


Feed The Kitty »
(you must put money into the "kitty" if you want to gamble while playing cards...)


Find It In One's Heart To Do Something »
(it would be very kind if you would please do this thing...)


Get A Checkup »
(when a specialist checks over a body to see if it is okay...)


Go In One Ear And Out The Other »
(the person did not hear what was said; one is acting as if one did not hear...)


Haste Makes Waste »
(if you do things too quickly, you make mistakes which are costly...)


In A Word »
(here is one word to answer your question; if answering with just one word, this is what I would say...)


In Any Case »
(either way; if either result happens...)


Live And Learn »
(we learn from our mistakes; if bad things happen, we learn from it and continue...)


Look In On Someone Or Something »
(check to see if that person is okay...)


Look Like Something The Cat Dragged In »
(looking terrible as if one has been through a very bad experience...)


No News Is Good News »
(if something bad happened, we would probably hear about it...)


No Pain, No Gain »
(you must work hard if you want big results...)


On Approval »
(if and when it is approved; if the request is not rejected...)


On Easy Street »
(rich; comfortable and easy as one imagines it will be if one becomes rich...)


Share And Share Alike »
(children's saying: only if you share with others, will others share with you...)


Split Hairs »
(acting as if small amounts were large amounts...)


The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions »
(meaning to do the right thing is no good excuse if you did the wrong thing anyway...)


The Squeaky Wheel Gets The Oil »
(you have to make noise if you want to get things done...)


The Squeeky Wheel Gets The Oil »
(you have to make noise if you want to get things done...)


Throw One's Voice »
(make it sound as if one's voice is coming from a different place...)


Weather Permitting »
(If the weather is as we hope...)


What Goes Around, Comes Around »
(There is a natural fairness in life; if we do good or bad, that same thing is done to us...)


What One Doesn't Know Won't Hurt One »
(it would cause more trouble if that person knew what happened...)


Who Do You Think You're Talking To? »
(You are talking to me as if I don't understand the situation...)


Within Shouting Distance »
(they can hear us when we shout; close enough that they can hear if we shout...)


You Scratch My Back And I'll Scratch Yours »
(if you help me then I will help you too; let's help each other...)


Zero In On Something »
(aim at as if through a target...)


Zoom In On Someone Or Something »
(focus on; look at more closely as if through a camera...)




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