In the final analysis

Also, in the last analysis. When all things are considered. For example, In the final analysis we must find ways to improve our sales, or I can, in the last analysis, talk only about my own work. This expression was at first put as in the ultimate analysis. [ Late 1700s ]


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    1. From the beginning, at the outset, before anything else. For example, Why didn’t you tell me in the first place that you’ve decided to leave? or He could have bought a new one in the first place. 2. As the first of several items in order of importance. This phrase is usually accompanied by […]

  • In the flush of

    Also, in the first or full flush of. During a sudden rush of a strong positive feeling regarding something, as in In the first flush of victory he decided to take all his friends to dinner. This expression employs flush in the sense of “a bout of emotion or passion.” [ c. 1600 ]

  • In the foot

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  • In the fullness of time

    Within the appropriate or destined time, as in We’ll know if it’s a boy or a girl in the fullness of time. This expression employs fullness in the sense of “a complete or ample measure or degree.” [ Early 1600s ]

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