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the exception that proves the rule

something that ​emphasizes the ​generaltruth of a ​statement by ​disagreeing with it: Most ​companydirectors are ​middle-aged men, but this 28-year-old woman is an exception that ​proves the ​rule.
(Definition of the exception that proves the rule from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “the exception that proves the rule”
in Chinese (Simplified) 反证规律的例外, 足以证明普遍性的例外…
in Chinese (Traditional) 反證規律的例外, 足以證明普遍性的例外…
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