truth is stranger than fiction

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Truth is stranger than fiction definition


Sometimes what actually happens is more bizarre than anything that could have been imagined.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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truth is stranger than fiction

Real life can be more remarkable than invented tales, as in In our two-month trip around the world we ran into long-lost relatives on three separate occasions, proving that truth is stranger than fiction. This expression may have been invented by Byron, who used it in Don Juan (1833).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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