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
At the time of his second swearing-in as vice president, in January 2013, Biden was all but certain of his plans.
The prime minister, Hun Sen, in power since 1985, is all but guaranteed to win after another nasty campaign of repression.
Five other cases have been tried so far, and Johnson & Johnson has lost all but one.
Not even when leading by 24 points and knowing that victory was all but assured.
Cassidy would find out before the committee adjourned, five hours later, that this chance was all but gone.
That tweak combined with Raya Yarbrough's enchanting vocals have audiences all but convinced that Claire is the one singing in the Outlander opener.
The statement said all but 29 of the 399 dead were insurgents.
According to Kenneth Pasternak, the future of the relationship is all but certainly being discussed by his parents.
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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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