when all's said and done

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.
See also: all, and, done, said

when all's said and done

Also, after all is said and done. In the end, nevertheless, as in When all's said and done, the doctors did what they could for Gordon, but he was too ill to survive . This term was first recorded in 1560.
See also: and, done, said
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"You mustn't marry anybody you don't love, Phil, when all's said and done," said Aunt Jamesina.
But when all's said and done, I won't be that geezer in the pub telling war stories about how 'I was the lineal champ'."
When all's said and done, though, the bottom line is the same.
He's got women falling at his feet and he's pretty nifty with a power tool too, and when all's said and done that's what seems to be making the ratings these days.
And I'm not referring to Matt Jarvis because he's playing for England when all's said and done when he has Ashley Young, Stewart Downing, Aaron Lennon and all these playing in front of him.
When all's said and done, even BBC radio announcers have local accents.
For all its nihilistic bravado, DAM is, when all's said and done, a relatively conventional proposition.
But when all's said and done, it's a fair wager that the Baggies v Blues clash will pull in more punters than the Serie A, La Liga, Scottish two-bob cup and Scottish one-bob league games.
But when all's said and done, you have to admire Vincent's bare-faced cheek.
When all's said and done, Whitewatergate will likely peter out like previous Arkansas-based smears, and the national press will all mm simultaneously, like a school of fish, to the next damned thing.
When all's said and done in boxing, it's usually the money that talks and the cynics amongst us can't help but think the draw would be a good result for all parties - and when I say all parties, I mean the promoter.
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