at any rate


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Related to at any rate: aside from, be all and end all, not to mention, look to, in the first place, first and foremost, pat on the back

at any rate

in any case; anyway. At any rate, what were we talking about? At any rate, I don't think you should quit your job.
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at any rate

more exactly at (the very) least I don't think they liked my idea - at any rate, they weren't enthusiastic.
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at any rate

In any event, whatever the case may be; also, at least. For example, At any rate, I promise to be there even if I'm a little late, or It may not pay well, but at any rate it's a job. [Early 1600s] Also see in any case.
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at any rate

1. Whatever the case may be; in any case: You should at any rate apologize.
2. Used to indicate a revision or correction to a previous remark: We were delighted, or at any rate satisfied, with the results.
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References in classic literature ?
I suppose that, on the whole, people were less worked then than they are now; at any rate, they seemed to have more time and energy for the old pastimes.
Perhaps for a day or two before, but at any rate on "veast day" and the day after, in our village, you might see strapping, healthy young men and women from all parts of the country going round from house to house in their best clothes, and finishing up with a call on Madam Brown, whom they would consult as to putting out their earnings to the best advantage, or how best to expend the same for the benefit of the old folk.
Those two, at any rate, look like enjoying the day's revel.