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all but something

1. everyone or everything except those mentioned All but the weakest plants survived the hot weather.
2. almost In some places, bus service has all but disappeared.
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all but

Almost, nearly, as in I've all but finished the book. This expression was used by Andrew Marvell in "Thoughts in a Garden": " Society is all but rude, To this delicious solitude." [Late 1500s]
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all but

Nearly; almost: all but crying with relief.
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