Irony of Fate
(The). A strange fatality which has brought about something
quite the reverse of what might have been expected.
“By the irony of fate the Ten Hours' Bill was carried in the very
session when Lord Ashley, having changed his views on the Corn Laws,
felt it his duty to resign his seat in Parliament.” —The Leisure
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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