contrary to popular belief

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contrary to popular belief/opinion

something that you say before you make a statement that is the opposite of what most people believe Contrary to popular belief, bottled water is not always better than tap water.
See also: belief, contrary, popular
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Contrary to popular belief, they spend MORE than women over the festive season, according to an NOP survey.
Peter Burke argues that contrary to popular belief, Latin was very much a living language in the post-medieval world, relying not upon its historical authority, but its breadth and frequency of use.
but contrary to popular belief, we don't always get free parking - it is up to individual car parks.
This is the core we won the World Series with, and contrary to popular belief, it wasn't a fluke.
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And contrary to popular belief, Beck says, black professionals are this pastime's biggest fans.
Contrary to popular belief, the census found that the number of older Americans is not going to expand rapidly during the 1990s, in part because of the effects of the "birth dearth" of the 1930s and early 1940s.
Research has shown that contrary to popular belief, the brain is constantly undergoing neurogenesis, the development of new neurons and dendrites," said Dr.
And no, contrary to popular belief, that's not actually a bad idea.
It found that, contrary to popular belief, many women say sex after becoming a parent can be better than ever.
Contrary to popular belief, I don't think we're 100% one thing or the other.
But contrary to popular belief, there are numerous stops in cyberspace that are run by, and for, people of african descent.
Is this proof that, contrary to popular belief, likes DO attract?
Contrary to popular belief, Frances had a heart of gold.
He also notes that, contrary to popular belief, most shoppers think that their dealer is honest and courteous.