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all but

adverb

: very nearly

Full Definition of ALL BUT

:  very nearly :  almost <would be all but impossible>
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Examples of ALL BUT

  1. Without you the job would have been all but impossible.
  2. We had all but given up hope.

First Known Use of ALL BUT

1598
ALL BUT Defined for Kids

all but

adverb

Definition of ALL BUT for Kids

:  very nearly :  almost <“He is all but forgotten.” — William H. Armstrong, Sounder>

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