at any rate
- (conjunctive) In any case, anyway, anyhow, regardless; used to discard or qualify a previous thought.
- Jim broke the window — or maybe it was John? At any rate, the window’s broken now.
- He's stinking rich — or, at any rate, pretty well off.
- 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
- The Bat—they called him the Bat. […]. He […] played a lone hand, […]. Most lone wolves had a moll at any rate—women were their ruin—but if the Bat had a moll, not even the grapevine telegraph could locate her.