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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These women are, after all, mob bosses, killing their enemies and dismembering their bodies in bathtubs. Barbara Vandenburgh, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, "You’ll be glad to get out of the overcooked 'Kitchen'," 8 Aug. 2019 These women are, after all, mob bosses, killing their enemies and dismembering their bodies in bathtubs. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Mob wives rule, but get these actresses out of 'The Kitchen'," 7 Aug. 2019 Alcohol, after all, is an effective antimicrobial agent at higher concentrations. Alastair Bland, The Mercury News, "Is boozy kombucha really healthier than beer?," 1 Aug. 2019 And that's some stiff competition: after all, for an Olympic medalist and Dancing With the Stars champion, there are plenty of spectacular memories to choose from. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Meryl Davis and Fedor Andreev's Wedding Was a Provencal Dream," 29 July 2019 But the leaders of the project were disappointed but not discouraged—after all, nobody died, the launch pad remained intact, and the rocket actually demonstrated some ability to fly (at least up an altitude of 30 kilometers). Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Why Didn't the Soviets Ever Make It to the Moon?," 22 July 2019 Meanwhile, after all that outfit modeling, the date unfortunately never happened. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Texas Single Dad Steals Our Hearts After Asking Daughter for Fashion Advice for a Date," 18 July 2019 This, after all, was what the European Union and the International Monetary Fund demanded of member states for the greater good of capital flow. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 Cleanliness is next to godliness, and after all, there are only devils here. Kim Kelly, Allure, "Angels With Dirty Faces," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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