One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
If the outcome of a situation is happy, this compensates for any previous difficulty or unpleasantness.
- ‘However, all's well that ends well with Joseph reconciling himself with his brothers and a new sister - Jamin.’
- ‘So the punter is now exceedingly happy with his connection, and all's well that ends well.’
- ‘She's now had two kids and is happily married, he's getting married, so all's well that ends well, but at the time it was bit ‘hairy’.’
- ‘Keep mentioning who he's supposed to be and if he fails to answer at one point then all's well that ends well.’
- ‘As Shakespeare noted, all's well that ends well, and Warren is going out in style with mordant humor intact and head held high after a decidedly up and down career as a person.’
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