Definition of after the event in English:

after the event

phrase

  • Following a particular occurrence (typically with the implication of being too late):

    ‘it is much better to stop the crime rather than having police chasing felons after the event’
    ‘I knew nothing about it until after the event’
    [as modifier] ‘an after-the-event internal investigation’
    • ‘It is much better to stop the crime happening, rather than having police chasing felons after the event, don't you think?’
    • ‘When I have time, I proofread and spellcheck but sometimes I have to do it after the event, when the thing has already been posted.’
    • ‘I knew nothing about it until after the event.’
    • ‘It has only been strongly voiced after the event, when it was deemed politically acceptable.’
    • ‘One ought not to attach historic truth to a term that was created after the event.’