- adv. Very nearly.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. [Obs.] Almost; nearly.
- adv. See under All.
“By August 1994, the use of force seemed all but unavoidable, and JCS chairman John Shalikashvili presented the president with an operational plan for an invasion.”
“From probably 1000 souls sixty years ago, they have been reduced by smallpox and other diseases to 300 in 1901, and 260 in 1909, of whom all but about 60 are reported to be Catholics, the rest Methodists (see also SONGISH INDIANS).”
““Hey, Ty,” Candi said, her full breasts all but revealed in the tubetop she wore.”
“By 1963, leading presidency scholar Richard E. Neustadt could write that, due to their key policy and operational roles, presidential aides outrank in all but protocol the heads of most executive departments.”
“As he preceded her into the small parlor and reached to turn up the lamp she saw on his wrist and hand livid purple-brown bruises, as though impossibly powerful fingers had all but crushed the bones.”
“The nasal bones had all but disappeared, and the exposed frontal bone bore evidence of several shallow, dishlike compression fractures.”
“At home, my mother talks about canned tuna fish that has all but disappeared from stores and about our neighbor Olga from the fifth floor who bleaches her hair with peroxide, making it look like straw.”
“Generally speaking, the Jews liked one end of Revere Beach, and the Christians liked the middle, but with so many friendships across that imaginary border it was all but meaningless.”
“She was returning, Ish knew, to a dormitory all but empty, those few girls who were left humming with the preparations for Candy Pruitt's wedding.”
“He was and is still followed by the Rationalist School which sees in the traditional theory all but defined by the Church, a spirit of vindictiveness unworthy of God and a subversion of justice in substituting the innocent for the guilty.”
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