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anything but

not The minister and the church leaders are all deaf, yet the service is anything but silent.
Usage notes: used to emphasize that something is the opposite of what you might expect
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anything but

By no means, not at all, as in He is anything but ambitious for a promotion. William Wordsworth in his long poem, The Prelude (1805-1806), wrote: "Grief call it not, 'twas anything but that."
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anything but

By no means; not at all: I was anything but happy about going.
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References in classic literature ?
I'd no right to expect anything but evil could come of that marriage--and when I shirked doing a father's part too.
Dick, passing his hand among his grey hair, and casting anything but a confident look at his manuscript.
The latter and I would have gone out to fly the great kite; but that I had still no other clothes than the anything but ornamental garments with which I had been decorated on the first day, and which confined me to the house, except for an hour after dark, when my aunt, for my health's sake, paraded me up and down on the cliff outside, before going to bed.
cried my aunt, still shaking her head and gesticulating anything but welcome from the bow-window.
Do you think I can't understand you as well as if I had seen you,' pursued my aunt, 'now that I DO see and hear you - which, I tell you candidly, is anything but a pleasure to me?
I didn't promise, but I looked at him, and he seemed satisfied, and there was no time for anything but messages and good-byes, for he was off in an hour, and we all miss him very much.
The man was so dazed that he could not be made to understand that we were anything but doctors who had been sent to his assistance.