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English definition of “the more something happens the less another thing happens”

the more something happens the less another thing happens

as one thing happens repeatedly, another thing happens less or becomes less likely: The more he insisted he was innocent, the less they seemed to believe him.
(Definition of the more something happens the less another thing happens from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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