When all is said and done is a phrase that may be older than you think. We will examine the definition of the phrase when all is said and done, when it was first used and some examples of that use in sentences.
When all is said and done means when considering everything, summing up a conclusion about the situation. Other phrases that mean when all is said and done are at the end of the day or all in all. When all is said and done precedes a statement that is a general or final judgement about a situation. The phrase when all is said and done was first used in the mid-1500s.
“There’s a case to be made for each side for a variety of reasons, and that will likely result in fairly even action when all is said and done.” (Forbes Magazine)
And, it can be argued, Mr. Trump may in fact come out on top when all is said and done, given the questions surrounding the reporting techniques used by Wolff, and factual errors in the book. (The Christian Science Monitor)
Entering Tuesday night there were 10 teams with winning percentages below .400, so the Lakers could fall anywhere in that range when all is said and done. (The Enterprise)
Let us do our best to abolish centuries old, outdated – and dangerous- rules, i.e., the electoral college, which, when all is said and done, is the main reason you are where you are, even after losing the election. (The Huffington Post)
“We legislate, we demonstrate, but when all is said and done, the answer’s not in Washington where bills and laws are passed, it’s in the hearts of honest men who have the will to act.” (The Mercury News)