Person A tried to catch a falling patio door and ended up losing a fingertip, a nail, and a broken finger joint as the door slammed his fingers against the dock plate. He went to the ER afterwards and had plastic surgery. Person B then asked him whether the nail will grow back or not and he responded:
Plastic surgeon said I should have half a nail when all is said and done. My first three fingers should be about level from what I can tell.
From what I looked up the phrase when all is said and done have more than one meaning and the ones I found are as follows. They all seem applicable, but is there one that's most appropriate to the context? Or does it mean something else that I did not find?
- when everything is considered
- when everything is finished and settled (I'm guessing settle here means to decide or arrange something finally?)
- in the end; ultimately
- used when you are about to tell someone the most important fact in a situation
Another question I have is, when he said his first three fingers should be about level from what he can tell, what does he mean by level?
From OALD, two senses of level that I think relates to the context are:
- having a flat surface that does not slope
- having the same height, position, value, etc. as something
However, both senses doesn't seem to make sense to me because I figured fingertips are curved right? and only one of his first three fingers had a fingertip torn off. And certainly all first three fingers cannot have the same height if I understood definition 2 correctly. So what does he mean?