Definition of if you please in English:

if you please


  • 1Used in polite requests.

    ‘follow me, if you please’
    • ‘And now I have said about as much as I ought to say in this impromptu manner, and if you please, I'll take the music.’
    • ‘Kindly draw the water while I change my dress, if you please.’
    • ‘I'll take another Martini, now, Sproat, if you please.’
    • ‘Kindly refrain from showing the following movies on Sunday afternoons, in addition to The Craft, if you please.’
    • ‘And you may follow, if you please, or keep to public streets.’
    • ‘Argue otherwise if you please, it doesn't matter.’
    • ‘I'll thank you to keep your landing strips, your tarmacs, your runways and your taxiing lanes well under sufficient layers of cotton if you please.’
    if you please, if you wouldn't mind, if you would be so good
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  • 2Used to express indignation at something perceived as unreasonable.

    ‘she wants me to make fifty cakes in time for the festival, if you please!’
    • ‘And, if you're into Chinese astrology, I'm also a ripsnorting rascal of a rooster or the female version… a hen if you please.’
    • ‘We must adopt the promised land mindset, if you please.’
    • ‘No, she uses them as arsenal, weapons of mass distraction, if you please.’
    • ‘Post-concert champagne and cigars in the Lace Market Hotel, if you please!’
    • ‘Presumably some of our heroes, such as Mattie Holland, or Maitiú Ó hAoláin if you please, will find it educational too when they read the match programme.’
    • ‘I need to be at least 2 preferably 5 kilometers away now if you please!’
    • ‘And of course, should Don Brash indicate that he is keen to become the next MP for Tamaki, I should expect Margaret and Tim to withdraw their nominations - gone by lunchtime, if you please…’
    • ‘Instead, they farm that sort of stuff out to a separate hygienist, who charges 30 quid a session and ‘recommends’ that I visit her every three months, if you please.’
    • ‘So, if you please, don't automatically hate all yuppies.’
    • ‘A large plasma screen on the wall offered excellent TV reception, as well as high-speed Internet access using the wireless keyboard provided… at £5.99 per hour, if you please.’