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when all is said and done

This page is about the conversational phrase when all is said and done

Meaning

You can say this to put something into a larger perspective so that it doesn't seem so bad.

For example

  • "I know being robbed is annoying, but it's only money, when all is said and done."

  • Before the final, their coach said, "Try to relax. When all is said and done, it's just another game."

Quick Quiz

After he'd lost his job, I said, "Never mind. When all is said and done,

a. it was just another job."

b. you'll never get another job."

c. you'll never earn that much again."

Contributor: Matt Errey