Examples of all but in a Sentence
Without you the job would have been all but impossible.
We had all but given up hope.
Recent Examples of all but from the Web
The Independence Party has been the biggest group in all but one of the elections held since Iceland split from Denmark in 1944.
The reform movement appeared all but decimated, and hopes for a comeback were dim.
As part of the July 31 agreement, Rajcinoski relinquished all but four of the dogs to the state and agreed to pay $2,700 a month for boarding and medical care for to have those animals returned to him if he is found not guilty.
The second ad, after an outlay of $8.03, had been all but abandoned.
Last Wednesday, Hurricane Irma—a Category-5 storm at that point—lashed the small island, population 1600, all but destroying the Barbuda Archaeological Research Center and its field sites.
Isaac then all but mocks my belief in a rediscovery of moderation and empiricism to help us.
It's all been rosy in the Champions League too, with three wins out of three all but securing their qualification to the last 16.
The Trump administration plans to shut down the federal health insurance exchange for 12 hours during all but one Sunday in the upcoming open enrollment season.
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First Known Use of all but
all but Synonyms
Synonymsabout, almost, borderline, fair [chiefly British], fairly, feckly [chiefly Scottish], more or less, most, much, near, nearly, next to, nigh, practically, somewhere, virtually, well-nigh
Related Wordsappreciably, by and large, chiefly, largely, mainly, mostly; kind of, partially, partly, somewhat
Near Antonymsabsolutely, altogether, completely, entirely, fully, plain, plumb [chiefly dialect], quite, thoroughly; totally, utterly, well, wholly; barely, hardly, scarcely
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: very nearly
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