after the fact
After an actual occurrence, particularly after a crime. For example, I know the brakes should have been repaired, but that doesn't help much after the fact. The use of fact for a crime dates from the first half of the 1500s. The word became standard in British law and is still used in this way today. The idiom was first recorded in 1769 in the phrase accessories after the fact, referring to persons who assist a lawbreaker after a crime has been committed. Now it is also used more loosely, as in the example above.
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He loves the fact that, like on Grindr, users can identify as transgender.
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
In fact, in a recent study of their users internationally, it was the lowest priority for most.
Despite the strong language, however, the neither the JPO nor Lockheed could dispute a single fact in either Daily Beast report.
In fact, according to F-35 program sources, the next software upgrades are not yet fully defined nor are they fully funded.
Many British Ferns evidence a marked tendency to “sport,” and this is a fact which the beginner should always bear in mind.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
In fact, except for Ramona's help, it would have been a question whether even Alessandro could have made Baba work in harness.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
Recognition of the pneumococcus depends upon its morphology, the fact that it is Gram-staining, and the presence of a capsule.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The fact that the day following the punishment parade was a Sunday brought about a certain relaxation from discipline.The Red Year|Louis Tracy