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unexpected always happens


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Proverbial saying, late 19th century, warning against an overconfident belief that something cannot occur. The Roman comic dramatist Plautus (c.250–184bc) has, ‘unexpected things happen more often than those you hope for.’ (Compare nothing is certain but the unforeseen.)


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