all but

all but
adverb Date: 1598 very nearly ; almost <
would be all but impossible
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  • All but — All All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • All but — But But (b[u^]t), prep., adv. & conj. [OE. bute, buten, AS. b[=u]tan, without, on the outside, except, besides; pref. be + [=u]tan outward, without, fr. [=u]t out. Primarily, b[=u]tan, as well as [=u]t, is an adverb. [root]198. See {By}, {Out};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all but — {adv. phr.} Very nearly; almost. * /Crows all but destroyed a farmer s field of corn./ * /The hikers were exhausted and all but frozen when they were found./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • all but — {adv. phr.} Very nearly; almost. * /Crows all but destroyed a farmer s field of corn./ * /The hikers were exhausted and all but frozen when they were found./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Doctor of Philosophy, All But Dissertation — The term all but dissertation (ABD) is an unofficial term identifying a stage in the process of obtaining a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in the United States. At this stage the student has not earned the Ph.D., but has completed the… …   Wikipedia

  • All-for-Ireland League — group portrait of five of its Independent Members of Parliament, in the Cork Free Press July 30th 1910. These are: Patrick Guiney (North Cork), James Gilhooly (West Cork), Maurice Healy (North east Cork), D. D. Sheehan (Mid Cork) and …   Wikipedia

  • All — All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this word …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • All along — All All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • All and some — All All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • All hollow — All All, adv. 1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as, all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. And cheeks all pale. Byron. [1913 Webster] Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all so long, etc., this… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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