what if

what if
phrasal
: what will or would be the result if

what if it be a poison — Shakespeare

: what does it matter if

he won't object, and anyway, what if he does

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what if
1. What would it matter if? (also what matter if)
2. What would happen if?
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Main Entry:what

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what if — see what, 1
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what if
1 : what would happen if

What if they find out?

What if it rains?

2 : what does it matter if
— used to say that something is not important

“He's nice enough, I suppose. But he's poor.” “What if he is poor? I love him!”

“They might find out.” “So what if they do? I don't care.”

see also so what at what, 3
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Main Entry:what

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