believe it or not


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believe it or not

A set phrase used before a statement that may seem shocking or untrue. It is often used humorously or sarcastically. Believe it or not, the longer route is actually quicker because there's less traffic. I'm not a chef, believe it or not, so if you want something else for dinner, make it yourself! A: "Did you really make the basketball team?" B: "Believe it or n ot, I did!"
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believe it or not

(you may) choose to accept something as true or not; it may seem amazing but it's true. It's late, but believe it or not, I just got home from work. I'm over fifty years old, believe it or not.
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believe it or not

(spoken)
this is surprising but true She's back in college and, believe it or not, she's planning to get a degree in philosophy!
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believe it or not

It's true, whether or not you agree, as in Believe it or not, I finally finished painting the house. Originating in the 1800s, this phrase gained currency as the title of a cartoon series begun in 1918 by Robert Ripley and continuing to run in American newspapers long after his death in 1949. Each drawing presented a strange but supposedly true phenomenon, such as a two-headed chicken.
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Believe it or not

and BION
sent. & comp. abb. That’s the story; you can choose to believe it or not believe it. That’s what really happened, Believe it or not. I’m l8t! BION.
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References in classic literature ?
From the first we were never quite sure whether to believe it or not.