cannot help but
phrasal see cannot but

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • cannot (help) but — formal phrase to have no choice except to do something You cannot help but like her. As I look back over my career, I cannot but smile. Thesaurus: choices and the process of choosingsynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • cannot help but —  is an increasingly common construction, and perhaps now may be said to carry the weight of idiom, but it is also worth noting that it is both unnecessarily wordy and a little irregular. You cannot help but notice what a bad name deregulation has …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • cannot help but —    is an increasingly common construction and perhaps now may be said to carry the weight of idiom, but it is also unnecessarily wordy and a little irregular. You cannot help but notice what a bad name deregulation has with voters (Economist)… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • cannot help but — phrasal : cannot but …   Useful english dictionary

  • cannot help — he could not help laughing: BE UNABLE TO STOP, be unable to refrain from, be unable to keep from. → help * * * cannot help ● help * * * cannot help 1 ◇ If you cannot help yourself, you cannot control your actions or stop yourself from doing… …   Useful english dictionary

  • help but — See cannot help but …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • cannot (can't) help but — In this expression, but should be omitted because its use results in a double negative (cannot, or can t, and but). Instead of saying I can t help but think you are mistaken, say I can t help thinking you are mistaken, a more concise statement… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • (cannot) can't help but — In this expression, but should be omitted because its use results in a double negative (cannot, or can t, and but). Instead of saying I can t help but think you are mistaken, say I can t help thinking you are mistaken, a more concise statement… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • cannot or can't help but — idi cannot or can t help but, to be unable to refrain from or avoid; be obliged to: Still, you can t help but admire her[/ex] …   From formal English to slang

  • cannot help — phrasal see cannot but …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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