at any rate
Prepositional phrase
  1. (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 ↗, [;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.

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