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These are sentences which use both members of an antonym pair to convey a specific meaning.


  • The house was a little big, and pretty ugly too, but we got an awfully good price.
  • It sure gets late early here. -Yogi Berra
  • "The true story of a real fake." -TV show promo


  • Pretty soon you end up down here.
  • Diane was talking about her phone being on "mute": "My thing was on 'off'".
  • I debate whether to redeem the free carwash at the corner station on the way home. Usually I decide against it because it's not very far home from there and I didn't want my car to dry wet (and leave spots).
  • Google will soon, if it hasn't already, cross the line from luxury to necessity. It permits me to be much less rigorous about remembering things, just like speed dial, so I guess it's evil. But it's a good evil.
  • Wi-Fi deployments in outdoor broadband are fast slowing as application specific gear [ ] increasing dramatically in scope and scale.
  • [Product] is pro-antioxidant.
  • Regarding puns, the worse the better.
  • Keep it down up there!
  • We were given leave to enter.
  • Clear policies that employees have signed off on leave little room for quibbling.