but then

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Adv.1.but then - (contrastive) from another point of view; "on the other hand, she is too ambitious for her own good"; "then again, she might not go"
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But then - stand nearer and hold up hands as begging -the pedigree of the white stallion was not fully established, and that officer, who is now at Umballa, bade me make it clear.