contrary to popular belief


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contrary to popular belief

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. Contrary to popular belief, higher taxes end up benefiting people more than lower ones.
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contrary to popular beˈlief/oˈpinion

although it is not what most people consider to be true: Contrary to popular belief, many cats dislike milk.
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Contrary to popular belief, the title for Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds was prompted by four-year-old Julian Lennon's description of a painting he brought home from school, not the drug, LSD.
Contrary to popular belief, the magic lies in the routine rather than number of employees--it's possible for two people to handle the load simply by deciding who will tackle the first layer and who will follow with the latter tasks.
Contrary to popular belief, lobsters possess a sophisticated nervous system and are quite capable of pain and suffering.
Contrary to popular belief, most people in Hollywood can laugh at themselves, but it helps if the gag is funny.
Contrary to popular belief, the sexual revolution (on a behavioral level) did not start in the 1960s, it was not ignited by the introduction of the birth control pill, it was not significantly fanned by the baby boomers' coming of age, and, most important of all, the sexualization of the popular culture did not anticipate the liberalization of mass behavior.
Lawyers ( contrary to popular belief ( are not heartless souls.
Contrary to popular belief, delivering a successful project is not a cookbook process; each program is different, requiring a different mix of ingredients.
Contrary to popular belief, providing equal benefits to the domestic partners of employees does not significantly boost costs for either the cities that require it for companies that contract with them or for the companies themselves, according to a December study by the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies.
Contrary to popular belief, Macintosh users need to pay just as much attention to virus protection and system maintenance as do PC users.
Contrary to popular belief, nursing homes that have a mortgage or HUD loan may still be eligible to receive A/R financing, since the A/R lender does not ordinarily rely on or mortgage any portion of the real property for its collateral.
Contrary to popular belief, pork chops do not need to be incinerated in order to be safe to eat.
By the way, the reverse is true in the melt phase: Contrary to popular belief, molten long-fiber materials are less abrasive than short-fiber compounds because there are fewer cut ends for the same glass content.
Contrary to popular belief, we have never been a people who waited for a savior to turn things around.
However, contrary to popular belief, storage may be cheap to buy, but it is very expensive to manage.
Contrary to popular belief, there are some fairly easy and low-cost ways to improve both the quantity and quality of our teaching force.