Quick Answer: Why Do We Say All But?

What does it mean when you say all but?

The adverbial phrase all but (no need to hyphenate it) means almost, nearly, or on the verge of.

It signals that the following word is almost but not quite the case.

For example, if I say, I all but ran to the door, it means I walked very fast to the door but did not run..

What does all but gone mean?

Hence (adverbially) Almost, very nearly, well nigh, (also with hyphen) used adj., almost complete or entire; in ellipt. use: almost; also as n. 1598 J.

Is nothing but meaning?

phrase. You use nothing but in front of a noun, an infinitive without ‘to’, or an ‘-ing’ form to mean ‘only’. All that money brought nothing but sadness and misery and tragedy. It did nothing but make us ridiculous.

Is all but impossible meaning?

It means “nearly” or “almost.” It appears in several idiomatic expressions: The battle of Krasny Bor is all but forgotten. Asking an agoraphobic to travel by plane may all but impossible.

What does is but a mean?

Life is [nothing] but a dream. The popularity trend of the phrase “is nothing but a” versus “is but a” indicates the frequency of the poetic latter formulation is trending down towards that of the former, to a point about 20 years ago where they are nearly equal in occurrence.

When my hair’s all but gone meaning?

For example: “I have collected all but one of the dragonballs.” (I have found all of them except for one) The phrase “all but” in this situation means “very nearly” or “almost”. Therefore, Ed is saying “when my hair is nearly gone”, or in other words, “when I’m almost completely bald.”

Is anything but a sentence?

He said it would be a cheap holiday; it turned out to be anything but. The new boss is anything but charming when I met him. Our meeting schedule is anything but definite.

What is meaning of except?

excepted; excepting; excepts. Definition of except (Entry 2 of 3) transitive verb. : to take or leave out from a number or a whole : exclude.

How do you use the phrase all but?

I WOULD like to know how to use the phrase “all but”, for example, “I’m all but against bullying.” “All but” means 1) almost or very nearly and 2) all except. When you say “I’m all but against bullying.”, it means that you are almost against bullying, but not totally so.

Is all but dead meaning?

almost; nearly. all but dead. See full dictionary entry for all.

What does virtually mean?

adverb. for the most part; almost wholly; just about: He is virtually unknown.

Is all but lost?

But of course “all but” literally means “everything except”, so “the war was all but lost” literally means “the war was everything except lost”. So in particular, the war was won.

What does anyone but you mean?

Here it means except/apart from/ without. In the sentence mentioned in the question anyone but you means anyone except you. And there’s no need of a comma before but.

What does I have nothing but love for you mean?

It sounds like a cute saying, but not an “I love you” statement. He is trying to say he has love for you in his heart. He values you and appreciates you, but isn’t in love with you. It means he holds no animosity over the break-up which is a good thing.

What does all but inevitable mean?

all-but-inevitable – very inevitable; unavoidable; certain to happen – ซึ่งหลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้

What does all but stopped mean?

Example: For the phrase “All but finished” The intended meaning is “Almost finished” However, it can also be translated as “Not finished” (every case except finished) As we know, “Almost finished” and “Not finished” have nearly opposing definitions, therefore proving the construction “all but…”

Are anything but meaning?

phrase. You use anything but in expressions such as anything but quiet and anything but attractive to emphasize that something is not the case.

What is the meaning of nearly?

1 : in a close manner or relationship nearly related. 2a : almost but not quite nearly identical nearly a year later. b : to the least extent not nearly as good as we expected. Synonyms More Example Sentences Learn More about nearly.