be that as it may


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be that as it may

A set phrase that acknowledges a previous statement as true but ultimately unable to override some fact or sway one's thoughts on the matter. Yes, my daughter made a mistake. But be that as it may, this punishment is much too severe. I'm sure that he really does need help with this project. Be that as it may, I just can't stay any later at work tonight.
See also: may, that

be that as it may

Cliché even if what you say is true. l am sorry to hear about your troubles, but, be that as it may, you still must carry out your responsibilities. Be that as it may, I still cannot help you.
See also: may, that

be that as it may

Nevertheless, it may be true but, as in Be that as it may, I can't take your place on Monday. This phrase has its roots in be as be may, used from Chaucer's time for about four centuries. [Mid-1800s]
See also: may, that

be that as it ˈmay

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that’s as ˈmay be

(formal) in spite of that: I know he’s tried hard; be that as it may, his work is just not good enough.‘That dress cost $800.’ ‘That’s as may be, I still don’t like it.’
See also: may, that