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.
But recently, all but one of the experimental areas were closed down due their proximity to salmon and shellfish farms.
And given that eliminating the corporate tax would create a huge incentive for companies to invest domestically, an economic boom seems all but certain.
Ramona High School girls cross-country runners have all but clinched the team’s second Valley League championship.
But after changing hands a few times, the legendary venue was all but abandoned by the mid 90s.
Statistics-minded critics pointed out that standard ways of setting up experiments and analyzing the results had some major flaws, and that the research literature seemed all but guaranteed to be infected with a rash of false-positive conclusions.
Officials said Tuesday afternoon that all but three victims had been identified.
Not surprisingly, the 48 Democrats in the Senate are all but guaranteed to vote against the bill.
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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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