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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Though Kim's eyes are covered in a metallic fuchsia pigment—since this is an ad for eyeshadow, after all. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chicago West Is The Star of Kim Kardashian's New Makeup Campaign," 26 Oct. 2018 When PCWorld originally reviewed Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet, the absence of an LTE option was noticeable—this was the Surface Go, after all. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be," 13 Nov. 2018 The model, after all, was not some garage hobbyist’s replica, but rather an experimental tool used to test out massive infrastructural interventions on the country’s most important river system. Nate Berg, Curbed, "Can engineering save Louisiana’s coastline?," 7 Nov. 2018 Finally, after all this time, the Fixer Upper duo were able to experience the magic in real life with each of their kids, including baby Crew. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "There’s Still Time To Attend The Magical Balloon Festival Chip & Joanna Gaines Are Raving About," 9 Oct. 2018 Our work on this Earth is only this, after all: to love each other well. Beth Woolsey, Woman's Day, "'My Father and I Approach the World Differently, But an Emergency Brought Us Together'," 4 Oct. 2018 Planting Ground Cherries Transplant ground cherries after all danger of frost has passed and the soil is thoroughly warm. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Hundreds of Ground Cherries," 31 July 2018 The coaches will be determined by the teams who sit atop the two divisions after all scores go final on Wednesday of this week., "Freedom players head to all-star game," 10 July 2018 Any Machado trade that comes after all-star rosters are announced today might not allot Major League Baseball the opportunity to name another Orioles representative to the game. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Thinking ahead: What happens if Machado is named all-star but is dealt before All-Star Game?," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of after all

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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