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believe it or not

  1. (idiomatic) You may not believe this, but it is true.
    • 2001 Bryan A. Garner, Legal writing in plain English: a text with exercises, p. 108:
      That depends on how long the sentence is. Believe it or not, there’s a canon of construction about provisos, and the test is anything but clear: …
    • 2003 Robert Bruce Thompson and Barbara Fritchman Thompson, PC hardware in a nutshell, p. 230:
      One common cause of “flipped bit” memory errors is, believe it or not, cosmic rays.
    • 2007 David Brown, Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music, p. 165:
      The descending opening phrase of the aria is, believe it or not, Tatyana’s Fate theme from her Letter Scene, though now in a minor, not major key: …