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do the unthinkable

To do something that would never be expected to be done, especially something particularly unorthodox or extreme. Lena was a stellar student until she did the unthinkable and dropped out of school. If they have any chance of winning this game, they're going to have to do the unthinkable and pull their star quarterback.
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There's a school of thought that says to focus on stopping Celtic doing the unthinkable, Rangers would be better off out of Europe.
A panel discussion on doing the unthinkable provides experiences from the successes of those who chose business pathways anchored in social agenda as well as discussions that delve into the new fortune that can be found at the bottom of the pyramid.
Unplanned, the true-life story of Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood "rock star" who is now a staunch pro-life advocate, is doing the unthinkable: It's rocking PP's multi-billion-dollar baby-disposal applecart.
Moreover, he succeeded in doing the unthinkable -- wresting considerable authority from "le pouvoir" (the power) -- a small elite of military and security men and their political and business allies that actually rule Algeria.
With 'Fashion On Demand by Lectra' we're doing the unthinkable. For the first time in the fashion industry, there will be a comprehensive personalization solution that will be able to perform under the same market conditions as the ready-to-wear segment and produce the same, if not better, results," says Daniel Harari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lectra.
That includes doing the unthinkable: trading some key players.
The fact that my home town has recognised me for doing the unthinkable means a lot.
While few predicted Southgate's side getting anywhere near Sir Alf Ramsey's champions at the start of the summer, this bold, young side had looked capable of doing the unthinkable in Russia.
Goodness knows what the other five per cent were up to as this is a team that is making a habit of doing the unthinkable.
"I get goosebumps when I say things like this but sport is about doing the unthinkable, going to where other teams aren't prepared to go.
I only wanted people to see what I saw during a trip with the Secretary-General, Ant'f3nio Guterres, to Baidoa, Somalia: People who were doing the unthinkable in order to survive drought and to save their families.
But maybe doing the right thing means doing the unthinkable? 'Heartfelt and deeply moving...I couldn't put it down.' - Author, Susan Lewis
"This isn't the first time Planned Parenthood has been caught doing the unthinkable....
Given the manner in which his teams play, with intensity, with gusto and verve, he's nearly doing the unthinkable - making Liverpool lovable again.