when all is said and done


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when all is said and done

When everything is finished or resolved. Yes, my sister's attempts to commandeer my party have been maddening, but when all is said and done, we'll reconcile—we always do.
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when all is said and done

Cliché when everything is finished and settled; when everything is considered. When all is said and done, this isn't such a bad part of the country to live in after all. When all is said and done, I believe I had a very enjoyable time on my vacation.
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when (or after) all is said and done

when everything is taken into account (used to indicate that you are making a generalized judgment about a situation).
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when ˌall is said and ˈdone

when all the facts are considered: She doesn’t have a lot of experience but, when all is said and done, she’s the best person for the job.
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