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. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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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 — (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 …   New idioms dictionary

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


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