end of the day

end of the day
end of the day
At the end of the day is one of the less attractive 20c clichés. It is first recorded in 1974 and means no more than ‘eventually, when all's said and done’:

• But, at the end of the day, it is an amateur sport and everyone is free to put as much or as little into the game as he chooses —B. Beaumont, 1982.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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