all but

all but (something) 1. almost.

In some places, bus service has all but disappeared.

2. everyone or everything except those mentioned.

All but the weakest plants survived the hot weather.


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  • All but — All All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • All but — But But (b[u^]t), prep., adv. & conj. [OE. bute, buten, AS. b[=u]tan, without, on the outside, except, besides; pref. be + [=u]tan outward, without, fr. [=u]t out. Primarily, b[=u]tan, as well as [=u]t, is an adverb. [root]198. See {By}, {Out};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all but — If someone all but does something, they almost do it, but don t manage to …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • all but — ► all but 1) very nearly. 2) all except. Main Entry: ↑all …   English terms dictionary

  • all but — adverb : very nearly : almost makes travel all but impossible all but fell in love with him marched forward all but unopposed the pain that is all but a pleasure W.S.Gilbert …   Useful english dictionary

  • all but — adverb Very nearly. The food is all but finished. <!Note: Do not add the sense all except , as in all but three of them were left , as it is not a set phrase and its meaning can be derived from all and but Syn: almost, nearly, nigh on …   Wiktionary

  • all but — {adv. phr.} Very nearly; almost. * /Crows all but destroyed a farmer s field of corn./ * /The hikers were exhausted and all but frozen when they were found./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • all but — {adv. phr.} Very nearly; almost. * /Crows all but destroyed a farmer s field of corn./ * /The hikers were exhausted and all but frozen when they were found./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • all\ but — adv. phr. Very nearly; almost. Crows all but destroyed a farmer s field of corn. The hikers were exhausted and all but frozen when they were found …   Словарь американских идиом

  • all but — adverb Date: 1598 very nearly ; almost < would be all but impossible > …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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