in all/everything but name

idiom

: not in an official way but in every other way
Military governors ruled the country in all but name for many years.
Their marriage was over in all but name five years ago.

Examples of in all/everything but name in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Modi has put that process on steroids and today presides over an autocracy in all but name. Ashoka Mody, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2024 Further Reading Apple Watch Series 3, dead in all but name, now actually dead Bloomberg's Mark Gurman (via MacRumors) says this year will be different. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 8 May 2023 Reagan, for his part, ended up adopting détente as his own policy in all but name—and indeed went beyond what Kissinger did to ease tensions. Niall Ferguson, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Pro in all but name The Mac Studio's name is embossed on the bottom. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 12 June 2023 The newer, smaller Republican Party, the Trump Party in all but name, will not return its hero to the Oval Office. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Indeed, for a person whom Putin had called a traitor in all but name, Prigozhin retained a remarkable level of influence and access. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Some other great brands have gone this way recently, as with the case of Bed Bath & Beyond going extinct in all but name—which was sold to the former Overstock.com. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 2 Nov. 2023 Since the exercise was a war game, Russia was given a different name, but for the first time, NATO officials were using real-world geographical data and targeting coordinates – a move that identified the adversary in all but name. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Nov. 2023

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Dictionary Entries Near in all/everything but name

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in all/everything but name

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“In all/everything but name.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20all%2Feverything%20but%20name. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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