the exception rather than the rule

noun phrase

: not common or usual : not often done, seen, or happening : rare
Friendly customer service seems to be the exception rather than the rule nowadays.

Examples of the exception rather than the rule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certainly, such experiences are the exception rather than the rule, yet there are bits that even the world’s most luxurious properties consistently mess up. Jonathan Soroff, Robb Report, 8 Feb. 2024 To see if perhaps crabs were the exception rather than the rule among arthropods, Full decided to study cockroaches. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Since most top-yielding savings accounts are offered by online banks, in-person customer service tends to be the exception rather than the rule. Martha C. White, wsj.com, 2 Oct. 2023 But the children benefiting from that in-person contact remain the exception rather than the rule. Dominique Soguel, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Sep. 2023 However, these top earners are largely the exception rather than the rule. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 16 Aug. 2023 As organizations review their business operations, this is now the exception rather than the rule, meaning HR professionals are having to be Swiss Army knives. Andrea Davey, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023

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“The exception rather than the rule.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20exception%20rather%20than%20the%20rule. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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