not if can help it


not if can help it
(not) if (you) can help it when you are able to prevent it.

No one sails at this time of year if they can help it.


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  • can help — ◇ If you can help something, you can prevent it from happening. Can I help it [=is it my fault] if no one listens to my advice? There will be no more layoffs. At least not if I can help it. [=if I can prevent it; if it is up to me] • • • Main… …   Useful english dictionary

  • not if you can help it — (not) if (you) can help it when you are able to prevent it. No one sails at this time of year if they can help it …   New idioms dictionary

  • if you can help it — (not) if (you) can help it when you are able to prevent it. No one sails at this time of year if they can help it …   New idioms dictionary

  • if can help it — (not) if (you) can help it when you are able to prevent it. No one sails at this time of year if they can help it …   New idioms dictionary

  • help — verb. Help is one of the oldest words in English, going back to the time of King Alfred (9c). It has two principal meanings in current English: ‘to assist’ (Can I help you?) and ‘to prevent’ (I can t help it). The connection between these two… …   Modern English usage

  • Help — (h[e^]lp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Helped} (h[e^]lpt) (Obs. imp. {Holp} (h[=o]lp), p. p. {Holpen} (h[=o]l p n)); p. pr. & vb. n. {Helping}.] [AS. helpan; akin to OS. helpan, D. helpen, G. helfen, OHG. helfan, Icel. hj[=a]lpa, Sw. hjelpa, Dan. hielpe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • not — [ nat ] adverb *** 1. ) used for making negatives a ) used for making a sentence, expression, or word negative: He would not listen to anything she said. Barbara s not coming to the party. I don t feel sorry for her. Do not forget your promise.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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