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 mass shooting this past Sunday, October 1st, in Las Vegas seems all but unconscionable.
The federal Education Department reported late Tuesday night that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school’s wreckage, all but four of them children.
Repeat process with remaining custard and all but 1 crepe.
In a motion filed Tuesday, trustee Elaine Rudisill said the defendants in those suits will pay $8.25 million to the bankruptcy estate, with all but $125,000 covered by directors’ and officers’ insurance.
The nation’s exciting cinema had been all but killed in the ’70s, thanks to pesky government interference.
The following year, Gwen Stefani all but stole the show in a shimmering Atelier Versace number boasting edgy metal detailing.
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.
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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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