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1Very nearly:‘the subject was all but forgotten’
nearly, almost, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, as good as, next to, close to, near, nigh on, not far from, not far off, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearingroughly, approximatelynot quitepretty nearly, pretty much, pretty wellwell-nighView synonyms
- ‘He added that he had all but forgotten the murder, but the long arm of the law had an even longer memory.’
- ‘His practice time was all but wiped out because of the demands of the media.’
- ‘They may be all but forgotten now but that doesn't mean they should not be left in peace.’
- ‘She hasn't been on a train for 4 years and that was all but forgotten so she was a bit excited.’
- ‘Tans have been all but forgotten in popular literature, but that suits us just fine.’
2All except:‘we have support from all but one of the networks’
nearly, almost, just about, about, more or less, practically, virtually, as good as, next to, close to, near, nigh on, not far from, not far off, to all intents and purposes, approaching, bordering on, verging on, nearingView synonyms
- ‘She kept news of her illness from all but her family and closest friends.’
- ‘Those who brandish or discharge firearms in a public place would, in all but the rarest cases, be locked up.’
- ‘It would keep us on our toes and discourage all but those with the most urgent banking business.’
- ‘The plant is easy to grow in sun or partial shade and will tolerate all but chalky soils.’
- ‘The trust has strongly denied all but one of the allegations and has received no complaints about hygiene.’
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