Definition of as the case may be in English:

as the case may be

phrase

  • According to the circumstances (used when referring to two or more alternatives)

    ‘the authorities will decide if they are satisfied or not satisfied, as the case may be’
    • ‘This kind of experience may make you jump, frightening you a little - or even a lot, as the case may be - but in the end, it still doesn't feel real.’
    • ‘It's always nice to get feedback - good or bad as the case may be.’
    • ‘But for the most part, he is relying on his ability to see the possibilities for both players and to capitalize on them or thwart them as the case may be.’
    • ‘Each has developed her own way of dealing, or not, as the case may be, with the past.’
    • ‘I may be looking - or not looking, as the case may be - in all the wrong places, but I am yet to find a funny web animation.’
    • ‘Many times, comparing what you have written with your notes can help you specify more clearly what exactly you have learned, or not learned as the case may be.’
    • ‘Hundreds turn up every day for their daily stroll, morning or evening as the case may be, around the lake.’
    • ‘In view of the fact that there are two sets of traffic lights to pass through, or stop at as the case may be, no one should be doing 60 mph at all.’
    • ‘No one is so relentlessly partisan as to always be able to defend the left or the right, as the case may be.’
    • ‘It often takes years, of course, to find the causes of air disasters or the perpetrators, as the case may be.’