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strange to say

Bafflingly; surprisingly; atypically. Strange to say, it turned out that we both knew John, but had met him in two different parts of the world. He seemed happy that the police caught him, strange to say. Their newest device, is strange to say, a slight step back when it comes to performance and design.
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strange to say

Also, strangely enough. Surprisingly, curiously, unaccountably, as in Strange to say, all the boys in his class are six feet tall or taller, or I've never been to the circus, strangely enough. This idiom was first recorded in 1697 as strange to relate.
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14), which seems strange to say the least considering how cash-strapped the authority is, can the plans please include a heating system for both the crypt and the concert hall?
Immortalised on the silver screen as The Saint and James Bond, it seems strange to say that he was slightly frail since he is in his 80s.
T seems strange to say it but there are two North Easts in Ithis country.
Though it might seem strange to say that obesity is contagious, for example, it does seem that people's risk of it is affected by the weight of their neighbors, as well as by such environmental factors as whether most of the food for sale in their environs is junk food, as is often the case in America's most impoverished neighborhoods.
It sounds strange to say it, but at the time I thought he was a nice gentleman.
Morris added: "It seems strange to say that we are pleasedwithconditionsbutthe feedbackfromthejockeyshas beenpositive.
Some of the new rules are strange to say the least.
When we are in this state, it seems exactly as though we were awake; all our senses are as alert as they are when we are fully awake physically -- sight, hearing, and strange to say, touch.
It seems strange to say about a horse who has won seven of his 14 races, but his best efforts have come in defeat.
Strange to say, he sustained no further injury than a few bruises on his feet.
I know it's strange to say this given how many lives September 11 has ruined, but for me it was a cloud with a silver lining.
What is sad is that our railway structures ever needed to be listed by government to protect them, but British Rail failed to do so--no, we have not forgotten the Euston Arch--although Railtrack's record is, strange to say, better than the totally nationalized system we had before.
Strange to say, even today there are still discoveries to be made about the good of our being.
But strange to say, He used this forecast of calamity as a motive for hope.
It may seem strange to say so, but Hepworth, while clearly a formalist, indeed, a textbook modernist, is taking on classical sculpture.