after all
after all
1. anyway; in spite of what had been decided. (Often refers to a change in plans or a reversal of plans.) •

It looks like Tom will go to law school after all.

2. recalling or considering the fact that. •

Don't punish Tommy! After all, he's only three years old!

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{adv. phr.} 1. As a change in plans; anyway. - Used with emphasis on "after". * /Bob thought he couldn't go to the party because he had too much homework, but he went after all./ 2. For a good reason that you should remember. - Used with emphasis on "all". * /Why shouldn't Betsy eat the cake? After all, she baked it./

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