Origin of what-if
How to use what-if in a sentence
So it's really a take-what-you-can-get kind of situation with him.‘Scandal’ Review: Olivia Pope Has Lost Her Damn Mind|Kevin Fallon|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Played in reverse that becomes ‘Here’s me/Here I am/What we have lost/I am the messenger of love.
If this seems like a small, so-what kind of thing to you, I submit two thoughts.South Carolina Republicans Snub Desegregation Judge|Michael Tomasky|April 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It requires that likely answers be anticipated, that elaborate “if/then” scenarios be war-gamed.
If they abused that power, it would be noticed-if not by the press, then by their colleagues, and if noticed, then punished.Memo: The Aaron Sorkin Model of Political Discourse Doesn't Actually Work|Megan McArdle|April 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Coals!what would he do with coals?Toast his cheese with em, and then come back for more.
Ay, murmured the sick woman, relapsing into her former drowsy state, what about her?what aboutI know!
Consequently, while the direction of the what-not-how-now line is definitely fixed, their actual positions remain unestablished.
"Nothing what-ever," she answered, with an urbanity that defied the suggestion of malice.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete|Gilbert Parker
But, brother sinner, pray explain How 'tis that you are not in pain?What power hath work'd a wonder for your toes?The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
British Dictionary definitions for what-if
Other Idioms and Phrases with what-if
Suppose that, as in What if the speaker doesn't get here in time? This expression is in effect a shortening of “what would happen if.” It was first recorded about 1420.