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a polite fiction

A general untruth or falsehood that is accepted in place of the truth to maintain politeness, civility, or stability among a given social group. Our parents' marriage was just a polite fiction in our household up until my youngest sister was off to college. By the time the military junta overthrew the dictatorship, the promise of democratic rule was little more than a polite fiction among the citizens of the country.
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truth is stranger than fiction

Real life is filled such bizarre, absurd, or unlikely events that it can be hard to believe they are not fictional. A piece of metal that had embedded itself in the patient's abdomen from the accident actually deflected the bullet away from any vital organs. I tell you, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
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fact is stranger than fiction

Real life is filled such bizarre, absurd, or unlikely events that it can be hard to believe they are not fictional. A piece of metal that had embedded itself in the patient's abdomen from the accident actually deflected the bullet away from any vital organs. I tell you, sometimes fact is stranger than fiction.
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Fact is stranger than fiction,

 and Truth is stranger than fiction.
Prov. Things that really happen are harder to believe or more amazing than stories that people invent. Did you see the story in the newspaper about the criminal who attacks people with a toenail clipper? Fact is stranger than fiction! Jill: I can't believe someone's paying 900 dollars for Tom's broken-down old car—it doesn't even run. Jane: Truth is stranger than fiction.
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truth is stranger than fiction

Real life can be more remarkable than invented tales, as in In our two-month trip around the world we ran into long-lost relatives on three separate occasions, proving that truth is stranger than fiction . This expression may have been invented by Byron, who used it in Don Juan (1833).
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ˌtruth is stranger than ˈfiction

(saying) used to say that things that actually happen are often more surprising than stories that are invented
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truth is stranger than fiction

Facts may be more remarkable than an invented story. The phrase first appeared in Byron’s Don Juan (1823)—“‘Tis strange—but true; for truth is always strange,—stranger than fiction”—and has been repeated ever since, often with ironic variations. Mark Twain had it in Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar (1893), “Truth is stranger than fiction— to some people, but I am measurably familiar with it.” And novelist Margaret Echard wrote, “Truth is not only stranger than fiction but far more interesting” (Before IWake, 1943).
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Since research indicates that people perceive non-fictional media to be more trustworthy (Keating, 2002), but media sources that depict violence (including fictional sources) are more attention-capturing, both types of media will likely affect perceptions differently.
My favorite fictional character would be a minion named Steve from the movie Despicable Me.
If my view is correct, he would be wrong about the existential conditions surrounding the conception and birth of fictional Bigger Thomas.
Prior to this time, there was no such person as Holmes and no other fictional text contained him (or it) as a protagonist.
As with the other chapters in his book, the critic presents an indepth reading of the narrative in question by drawing attention to the hybrid quality of the work (part theatrical piece and part novel) and the merging lives of Perera and her fictional character, Ina.
that fictional characters are created and that they are abstract entities) may seem intuitively self-evident, the creationist theory has been recently challenged with attractive arguments.
London: A watch adapted for the fictional British spy 007 in the James Bond movies sold for nearly 104,000 pounds ($160,000) at a pop culture auction on Wednesday after being bought, strapless, at car boot sale for 25 pounds.
Imran added: "It is a fictional story and as Akshay said incidents are picked up, modified and used here.
Pupils dressed as a variety of popular characters including Superman, Dracula and Snow White while staff dressed as other fictional heroes including Traction Man, Willy Wonka and Superwoman.
Just as functionalism has led to important scientific discoveries, defining fictional characters in functionalist terms has yielded deep insights, well exemplified by Palmer's and Zunshine's books.
Some of the events told by his parents have been a framework of fact around which the fictional story has been woven.
The line-up for today's 2m4f test also includes not only Fame And Glory but the mare Fictional Account, whose County Meath trainer is sheep farmer Vincent Ward, who in addition to over 300 head of stock, has six boxes, four horses and no staff.
They were also under the impression that Charles Dickens, one of the most famous writers in English literature, was a fictional character himself.
The Unexpected and Fictional Career Change of Jim Kearns