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  • n. Plural form of but.


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  • But -- and in this economic cycle there have been frequent "buts" -- challenges remain.

    Jobless Recovery? That Didn't Last Long

  • John Brown comes with "buts" - but in that he has plenty of company.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Of course, there are "ifs" "ands" and "buts" -- the science of predicting exactly how long it takes to swap a disc in a limited population (remember the discussion of genetic drift earlier?) can still be improved, and there are other random factors.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • You told me you would take this job-no 'ifs' or 'ands' or 'buts'-you took the job.

    Double Star

  • It's as if the buts are the only thing you seemed to focus on.


  • "Chum, no 'buts' -- 'buts' belong to small things.

    There was a King in Egypt

  • Even with the mere suggestion of such a message aimed at beleaguered and not-so-hopeful-anymore Democrats, I can almost hear the lethargic groans of entrenched campaign consultants muttering the usual "buts" from their beltway offices:

    Jeffrey Feldman: "President Palin": A Battle Cry -- For Dems?

  • Yes, comfort yourself with the praise (I'll be remembering that lovely quote whenever the doubt gremlins come knocking) but then take a deep breath and square up to the 'buts' that are usually a part of a review.

    Australian Idol

  • These are but a few articles all addressing the same issue: it's time to stop complaining and criticizing everyone else, and get off your "buts" (but I can't, but they won't let me, but someone else is in charge) and start doing something right where you are, right now.

    Russell Bishop: Are You Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem?

  • Well I'm hearing a lot of "buts" and "justifying" from you as well, for example: "but Dean is the ONLY family Sam has left," So that excuses him for saying that he needs Dean because he's the only thing that keeps him going?

    Supernatural: Point of No Return - Pink


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