au fond

[oh fawn]
adverb French.
at bottom or to the bottom; thoroughly; in reality; fundamentally. Unabridged
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au fond (o fɔ̃)
fundamentally; essentially
[literally: at the bottom]

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Example sentences
The key thing, au fond, is to be graceful and not expect anything in return.
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