"when you get right down to it" is an idiom meaning "all things considered"

e.g. "When you get right down to it, a human being is not a physical entity. A human being is a piece of software. Body cells are constantly dying and being replaced."

Is there a set phrase or idiom which conveys the same in Portuguese?

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Which option to choose depends a bit on the context, but you could say:

  • No fundo [or the more emphatic no fundo, no fundo]
  • No final das contas [or no fim das contas]
  • Na hora do "vamos ver" [or "do vamo vê"]
  • No frigir dos ovos
  • Ao fim e ao cabo

The last two are rarely used in informal situations, at least in Brazil. They also seem to be less known to younger generations.

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