for what it's worth

idiomatic phrase

used to say that one is not sure whether something one is about to say will be helpful or valued
For what it's worth, I don't think your dad meant to insult you.

Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of for what it's worth was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“For what it's worth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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