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1. Everything or everyone, with the exclusion of. All but the freshmen were invited to the party. We sold all but the curtains in that estate sale. I know I made an announcement about it yesterday if all but you two showed up in the right uniform today.
2. Nearly. Public pay phones have all but disappeared in most major cities. The remnants of this ancient civilization have all but vanished. My interest in this project is all but gone after working on it for four years.
eaten bread is soon forgotten
proverb One quickly forgets the charitable or helpful actions they receive from others. Primarily heard in Ireland. I help you start your car, and you won't even drop me off at the store? I see, eaten bread is soon forgotten. It doesn't matter what he did in the beginning of his term. Eaten bread is soon forgotten, and people want to know what he'll do for them going forward.
forget (one's) manners
To act in a rude, impolite, or otherwise inappropriate way. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to reach across the table like that—I must have forgotten my manners for a minute there. How could you say something like that to me? Have you forgotten your manners?
gone but not forgotten
Some who is frequently remembered in spite of their physical absence (which, in many cases, is due to their death). My mother is gone but not forgotten—I think of her when I wake up every morning. My sister is living on the West Coast now, but people ask me about her all the time—she's gone but not forgotten.
long absent, soon forgotten
The longer a person is not present, the easier they are to forget about. A: "Is Carrie really dating someone else now?" B: "You've been gone for months! Long absent, soon forgotten."
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gone but not forgotten
Cliché gone or dead and still remembered. The good days we used to have together are gone, but not forgotten. Uncle Harry is gone but not forgotten. The stain where he spilled the wine is still visible in the parlor carpet.
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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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1 almost: The snow all but covered the path, making it difficult to walk. ♢ The patient was all but dead when the doctor arrived.
2 all (the people or things mentioned) except...: ‘Have you done your homework?’ ‘Yes, all but the last two questions.’
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Nearly; almost: all but crying with relief.
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