Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Thursday July 25, 2013

por si, conjunction:
just in case

Sometimes you do things just in case something else happens, just to be on the safe side. The phrase por si acaso is often used to mean precisely that: just in case.

Por si acaso, me llevo el paraguas.
I’ll take my umbrella, just in case.

No vayas nunca sola, por si acaso.
Don’t ever go on your own, just in case.

A colourful alternative to por si acaso is por si las moscas - just in case, just to be on the safe side:

Voto por él, por si las moscas.
I’m voting for him, just to be on the safe side.

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