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in any way whatever.
in any case; at all events.
in a careless manner; haphazardly.
Contemporary Examples

anyhow, Obama is too chilly by nature ever to be convincing as a human care package.
The Mayors Who Can Revive America Tina Brown September 19, 2010

The couple had few surviving intimates and confidants, most of whom were unlikely to be truthful in post-Nazi Germany anyhow.
New Biography Explores the Life and Myth of Eva Braun Andrew Roberts November 9, 2011

anyhow, they realized, Assad had also lost his legitimacy as a ruler.
What Israel Really Thinks About Syria Yaakov Katz May 22, 2013

anyhow, we managed to pass this military barrier and approach Azadi Street.
Memo from the Streets of Tehran, Part III Parvez Sharma June 19, 2009

Let him write; he probably understands it all better than I do, anyhow.
The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known Ed McClanahan August 29, 2014

Historical Examples

“I found it, anyhow,” said Fanny, turning her head away from her companion.
Hope and Have Oliver Optic

If we get him this appointment, it will be ample compensation, anyhow.
Viviette William J. Locke

I hate the rest of the country, and the best material is in California, anyhow.
Ancestors Gertrude Atherton

We’ll suppose yet a while, anyhow, as how he’s a lookin’ arter us.
Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald

“It’s a woman, and one of God’s creatures, anyhow,” said Sally with some temper.
Second String Anthony Hope

in any case; at any rate
in any manner or by any means whatever
in a haphazard manner; carelessly

1740, from any + how (adv.). Unlike the cases of most other any + (interrogative) compounds, there is no record of it in Old or Middle English. Emphatic form any old how is recorded from 1900, American English.


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