at last

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

at last

  1. (idiomatic) After a long time; eventually.
    Now that the dog has stopped barking, perhaps we can at last get some rest.‎ — After three hundred years had passed, at last the vampire's soul was free.
  2. (idiomatic) In the end; finally; ultimately.
    • L'Estrange
      Upon balancing the account, the profit at last will hardly countervail the inconveniences that go along with it.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, in The Celebrity:
      No matter how early I came down, I would find him on the veranda, smoking cigarettes, or [] . And at last I began to realize in my harassed soul that all elusion was futile, and to take such holidays as I could get, when he was off with a girl, in a spirit of thankfulness.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 6, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.
    After all their troubles, at last they lived happily ever after.‎ — After exhausting all possibilities, Holmes was at last satisfied the problem was unsolvable.


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