In spite of something - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
in spite of something
in spite of (something)
Regardless or in defiance of; despite. In spite of all the warnings, the hikers decided to climb the restricted route, and ended up having to be rescued. We have succeeded, in spite of all the setbacks.
in ˈspite of something if you say that somebody does/did something in spite of a fact, you mean it is surprising that that fact does/did not prevent them from doing it; despite: In spite of his age, he still leads an active life. ♢ They went swimming in spite of all the danger signs. ♢ English became the official language for business in spite of the fact that the population was largely Chinese.