be that as it may

Nevertheless, it may be true but, as in Be that as it may, I can't take your place on Monday. This phrase has its roots in be as be may, used from Chaucer's time for about four centuries. [Mid-1800s]


Nearby words

  1. be off,
  2. be on,
  3. be on to,
  4. be oneself,
  5. be prepared,
  6. be the death of,
  7. be the end of one,
  8. be the making of,
  9. be-,
  10. be-all

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