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then again

On second thought; from a different, conflicting, or contradictory point of view. This deal could really help the business get out of debt. Then again, you'd just be indebted to the government instead, so maybe it's not the best solution. I'd love to upgrade our car. Then again, there are lots of other things around the house that we need to replace more urgently.
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then again

Also, but then. On the other hand, an opposite possibility. For example, I think it'll arrive tomorrow; then again, it may not, or We think you'll like this restaurant, but then again, not everyone does, or The play was a bit dull, but then she's a great actress.
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then/there aˈgain

(informal) used for introducing an extra piece of information which explains something or gives another explanation for something: I thought he liked me, but then again maybe he didn’t.
See also: again, there

then again

From another standpoint; on the other hand: I need a vacation. Then again, so do my coworkers.
See also: again
References in classic literature ?
Then was there again spoken unto me without voice: "Thou WILT not, Zarathustra?
Then was there again spoken unto me without voice: "What matter about thyself, Zarathustra
Then was there again spoken unto me without voice: "O Zarathustra, he who hath to remove mountains removeth also valleys and plains.
Then was there again spoken unto me as a whispering: "It is the stillest words which bring the storm.
Then was there again spoken unto me without voice: "Thou must yet become a child, and be without shame.
He shouldn't climb in that big garbage can because it's dirty and nasty and smelly like Mama says but his green coat is already dirty so he probably was in there before so he can go in there again and he'll be okay.