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English definition of “only to do sth”

only to do sth

used to show that something is surprising or unexpected: He spent ages negotiating for a pay increase, only to resign from his job soon after he'd received it.Not expected or planned Grammar:Not only … but alsoWe use not only X but also Y in formal contexts:See more
(Definition of only to do sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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