after all

Idiom Definition 1

"after all"


although, however

Idiom Definition - after all


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Idiom Definition 2

"after all"

despite earlier problems or doubts

Idiom Definition - after all


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Idiom Definition 3

"after all"

add information to demonstrate that what you have just said is true

Idiom Definition - after all


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - after all

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Have you had any luck with getting your noisy neighbor to quiet down?

Friend 2:  No. I've tried banging on the walls.  I've threatened to call the police.  I even tried to bribe him  yesterday but, after all, nothing seems to work.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - after all

A mother and son are talking in their kitchen ...

Mother:  I thought you were watching the baseball game on TV.

Son:  I was but then it started to rain. Then it stopped raining and it looked like the game would continue. Then it rained again and the game was canceled after all.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - after all

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are you staying late again?

Colleague 2:  Yes. The boss has asked me to stay and work overtime again.

Colleague 1:  That's three nights this week.  Why don't you refuse?

Colleague 2:  I'm afraid of losing my job and, after all, I could really use the extra money.

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after all - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for "after all".

after all - Examples:

1)  What is racism, sexism, homophobia, etc, after all, other than a way some people think about some other people?

2)  It turns out you have friends after all.

3)  Being a "hired hand" is, after all, not dishonorable nor does it come without skill and responsibility.

4)  He is, after all, pointing out some of the more unusual and esoteric Biblical rules.

5)  After all, Obama's bailouts gave the banks $16 trillion.

6)  Do the drugs work? After all, regardless of the theory, that is the practical question.

7)  And he could lose out. After all, nobody requests songs from an oldies band that aren't hits.

8)  The men working out for 60 minutes were, after all, packing on some muscle, while the 30-minute exercisers were not.

9)  Writing goes fast, after all, when it doesn't matter how good it is.

10)  See you on the beach. After all, this is California, dude.

11)  Another way to describe them is quintessentially American. We are, after all, a biblical republic.

12)  After all, the strategies might differ but our end goals are the same.

13)  You are not; you aren't, after all, paying for the service.

14)  Yet, just maybe this is after all only the way of men, to delude themselves.

15)  That would muddy the narrative. After all, journalists and their editors love " gotcha " pieces.

16)  These black components, after all, make up about 98% of the matter and energy of our universe.

17)  After all, it's possible to be both sincere and wrong.

18)  They humiliated him last year, after all, more than any pie to the face could have.

19)  Max decided to try her luck with Zack, after all he was just across the street.

20)  His new identity does not enable him to reintegrate into society after all.