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Related to anything but: all but
Not at all. I thought the play would be great, but it was anything but. In fact, I left early! My vacation was anything but relaxing because my hotel was under construction.
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."
anything butnot at all (used for emphasis).
anything ˈbutcertainly not; just the opposite of something: Ecologists are anything but optimistic about a change in the Government’s attitude towards ‘green’ issues. ♢ ‘I suppose the weather in Scotland was terrible.’ ‘Oh no, anything but.’
By no means; not at all: I was anything but happy about going.