See also: Asif



From Middle English as ȝif, alls iff (as if), from Old English *ealswā ġif, attested only as swā ġif (as if), equivalent to as +‎ if. Compare Dutch alsof (as if), Low German as of (as if), German als ob (as if).


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as if

  1. As though; in a manner suggesting.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XXV, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC, page 203:
      [] They talk of you as if you were Croesus—and I expect the beggars sponge on you unconscionably.” And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 9, in The China Governess[1]:
      Eustace gaped at him in amazement. When his urbanity dropped away from him, as now, he had an innocence of expression which was almost infantile. It was as if the world had never touched him at all.
    • 2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Scotland needed a victory by eight points to have a realistic chance of progressing to the knock-out stages, and for long periods of a ferocious contest looked as if they might pull it off.
    The old man stumbled, as if he were about to fall.
  2. In mimicry of.
    When the teacher's back was turned, the class clown would hold his stomach as if he were ill.

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as if

  1. (idiomatic) Refers to something that the speaker deems highly unlikely.
    —I'm going to clean your whole house. —As if!