but then

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Definition of but then

1 used to introduce a statement that adds another and different thought to a preceding statementI'm surprised to hear that Tom has left the army. But then I suppose he never was the type to obey orders. sometimes used to introduce an explanation for somethingHis cakes are amazing—but then he did study with some of the best pastry chefs in the world.
2 used to introduce a statement that tells about something different or surprising that happened nextThe team won the first two games, but then failed to win any of the next five.

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“But then.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/but%20then. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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