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- Used other than as an idiom: see after, all.
- After all his preaching about humility, it turns out he is as proud as any of us.
- (idiomatic) Anyway, in any case; indicates a statement is true regardless of other considerations; used to reinforce or explain a point.
- After all, they never come home for Christmas.
- Of course he won't give you credit. After all, his first and last concern is his company's profit margin.
1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
- "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."
- (idiomatic) In the end, however; used in referring to something that was believed to be the case, but is not; or to an outcome that is not what was expected or predicted.
- They won't be coming home for Christmas after all.
in the end; anyway