after all

adverb

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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Yet after all four shootouts went in favor of the team kicking second, ABBA is likely to remain part of soccer only if the iconic Swedish pop band wants to keep singing about the beautiful game. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Extra time is lame. Let's just skip straight to penalties at the World Cup," 8 July 2018 Just 10 days after All Time Low celebrated the one-year anniversary of the release of their seventh LP Last Young Renegade on June 2, the rock band dropped a new single. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth Explains How Warped Tour, News Fatigue & a Voice Note Resulted in Two New Singles," 3 July 2018 Main Street will be re-opened after all barricades have been picked up. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Parade will slow traffic through Loganville," 30 June 2018 The past two years, after all, Florida has hosted just three tournaments and even those were broken up by the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship played the week after the Honda. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "PGA sets schedule, officially reinstates true Florida Swing," 10 July 2018 As an actual racing game, which is what The Crew 2 is, after all, the controls are not as tight or complex as those seen in the genre's top dogs Forza and Gran Turismo. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 Two of Mike Brey’s all-time Notre Dame favorites will get a chance to make an NBA roster after all. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Bonzie Colson, Matt Farrell sign with Summer League rosters," 26 June 2018 Hoagie, after all, is married to Anna (Fisher), who is insanely devoted to the game as a kind of combat adviser to her husband. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, Jon Hamm play the game in 'Tag'," 14 June 2018 Don’t be afraid to go all out — after all, the parade is celebrating a pretty special birthday this weekend, now in its 30th year. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Philly Pride Parade: Drag queen Brittany Lynn teaches you how to create a make up look that will slay," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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