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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning.
- It made me feel better, if only for a moment.
- It won't be much fun if only guys turn up to the party.
- (idiomatic) I wish that; signifies a wish or desire for the present or the future.
- If only I won the lottery.
- (idiomatic) I wish that; signifies a regret about an action in the past.
- If only I had listened to my parents.
- (idiomatic) Even if for no other reason than; only just.
- I was pretty sure I wanted a red shirt, but I still tried on one blue one if only to make sure that's definitely not what I wanted.
signifies a wish
even if for no other reason than
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