after all


Definition of after all

1 : in spite of considerations or expectations to the contrary : nevertheless decided to take the train after all didn't rain after all
2 : in view of all circumstances literature which is after all only a special department of reading— W. W. Watt

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Then in 2013, the American Heart Association announced that limiting dietary cholesterol didn’t lower a person’s LDL cholesterol after all, changing its official stance. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "Are Eggs Bad for You? The Verdict Is Still Out.," 15 June 2019 The Detroit Lions won't be getting a 2020 draft pick for Michael Roberts after all. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions waive TE Michael Roberts after trade with Patriots voids," 14 June 2019 One of the main acts at this weekend's Kentuckiana Pride Festival won't perform after all, but an even bigger name will take the stage in their place. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Kentuckiana Pride headliner drops out, but Big Freedia steps in to save the show," 14 June 2019 Students involved in a bizarre senior prank at an Oregon high school on Friday will get the opportunity to walk at their graduation after all. Fox News, "Oregon high school students involved in senior prank will get to walk at graduation, officials say," 11 June 2019 But there were also a lot of software developers and other tech workers at Theranos, and its headquarters was after all in Silicon Valley. Liz Webber, Quartz at Work, "How the former employees of Theranos explain themselves on LinkedIn," 10 June 2019 What initially seemed to be a narrowly won victory for a new library tax in Hatboro turns out not to have been that narrow after all, Montgomery County officials said Tuesday. Vinny Vella,, "Voting-machine glitch hid true, landslide victory for Hatboro library, officials say," 4 June 2019 This is an area, after all, which in a decade ago was voted by a poll of humanitarian professionals to be the second-worst place in the world to be a child. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "On returning to Uganda, Museveni’s staying power and the significance of Bobi Wine," 30 May 2019 Amazon wanted a new base of operations, after all, primarily because the company’s explosive growth was putting enormous strain on the city of Seattle. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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