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"and for all that" (British Usage)

Posted by Patty on November 29, 2000

I've read sentences like "he was old-fashioned, slightly cynical, and often preoccupied, and for all that, a good friend." This doesn't make a lot of sense in American English. However, I think the British phrase "for all that" might be an equivalent to the American "in spite of all that." Am I correct?

Thanks. - Patty