Meaning of “only to do sth” in the English Dictionary

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"only to do sth" in British English

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only to do sth

used to show that something is surprising or unexpected:

He spent months negotiating for a pay increase, only to resign from his job soon after he'd received it.

(Definition of “only to do sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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