all but

adverb

: very nearly : almost
would be all but impossible

Examples of all but in a Sentence

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

Word History

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of all but was in 1590

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“All but.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/all%20but. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

all but

adverb
: very nearly : almost
would be all but impossible

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