when all's (is) said and done

when all's (is) said and done

In the end, nevertheless. This cumbersome locution dates from the sixteenth century. The OED cites Thomas Ingelend in The Disobedient Child (1560): “When all is saide and all is done, Concernynge all thynges both more and lesse.”
See also: and, done, said
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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