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  1. 1
    used for saying that something is true despite what was said or planned before

    Maybe she was right after all.

    I’m sorry, but we’ve decided not to come after all.

  2. 2
    used when giving a reason to explain what you have just said

    She shouldn’t be working so hard – she is 70, after all.

    I’m not really ambitious. After all, money isn’t everything.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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