none other than

none other than

An unexpected but familiar person. The mystery assailant turned out to be none other than my old roommate. The president has chosen none other than his son in law as his new Chief of Staff.
See also: none, other

none other than

Cliché the very [person]. (Expresses surprise.) The new building was opened by none other than the president. Bob's wife turned out to be none other than my cousin.
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none other than

That very person or thing, the same as. For example, In the elevator I ran into none other than the woman we'd been talking about, or It turned out to be none other than Jim in a clown costume. [Late 1800s]
See also: none, other
References in classic literature ?
Tarzan was sure that none other than God could inspire such awe in the hearts of the Gomangani, or stop their mouths so effectually without recourse to arrows or spears.
He saw him in the trees in greater numbers than he ever had seen Histah before; and once beside a reedy pool he caught a scent that could have belonged to none other than Gimla the crocodile, but upon none of these did the Tarmangani care to feed.
All there looked on them wondering, and it came into the thoughts of some of them that these were none other than the Wolf-Brethren who dwelt upon the Ghost Mountain.
And when fighting afterwards amongst themselves, each one was able to attach to himself his own parts of the country, according to the authority he had assumed there; and the family of the former lord being exterminated, none other than the Romans were acknowledged.
Facing Confucius across the lobby none other is none other than a statue of Sir Isaac Newton.