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may as well (third-person singular simple present may as well, no present participle, simple past might as well, no past participle)

  1. (idiomatic) Used to express reluctance, to express that if one hypothetical or possible action happened, it would not make any notable difference
    • 1965, Donovan, Catch the Wind:
      For me to love you now
      Would be the sweetest thing
      'Twould make me sing
      Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind
    • 1945, Roger S. Vreeland, The Mad Dancers:
      They continued their inspection in silence, but at last the Doctor shrugged and said they may as well go back.

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