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to the contrary

Opposite to what has just been said. Our business is not receding; to the contrary, we are experiencing a very robust level of growth. A: "Don't you hate Brussels sprouts?" B: "To the contrary, I think they can be very tasty—if they're cooked the right way."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

to the contrary

 and on the contrary
as the opposite of what has been stated; contrary to what has been stated. The brown horse didn't beat the black horse. To the contrary, the black one won. Among spiders, the male is not the larger one. On the contrary, the female is larger.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

to the contrary

To the opposite effect, in denial, as in No matter what they say to the contrary, I am positive that he was present. This idiom was first recorded in 1512. Also see on the contrary.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

to the ˈcontrary

showing or proving the opposite: Unless you hear from me to the contrary, expect me on Friday at about 6 o’clock.She was convinced that John was not capable of murder, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

to the contrary

To the opposite effect from what has been stated or what is expected: Despite what you say to the contrary, this contract is fair.
See also: contrary, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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