Definition of all but in US English:

all but

phrase

  • 1Very nearly.

    ‘the subject was all but forgotten’
    • ‘She hasn't been on a train for 4 years and that was all but forgotten so she was a bit excited.’
    • ‘They may be all but forgotten now but that doesn't mean they should not be left in peace.’
    • ‘His practice time was all but wiped out because of the demands of the media.’
    • ‘He added that he had all but forgotten the murder, but the long arm of the law had an even longer memory.’
    • ‘Tans have been all but forgotten in popular literature, but that suits us just fine.’
    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, nearing
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  • 2All except.

    ‘we have support from all but one of the networks’
    • ‘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 trust has strongly denied all but one of the allegations and has received no complaints about hygiene.’
    • ‘She kept news of her illness from all but her family and closest friends.’
    • ‘The plant is easy to grow in sun or partial shade and will tolerate all but chalky soils.’
    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, nearing
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