What is all but?

  • (adv): (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; 'near' is sometimes used informally for 'nearly' and 'most' is sometimes used informally for 'almost'.
    Example: "The car all but ran her down"
    Synonyms: about, just about, almost, most, nearly, near, nigh, virtually, well-nigh

Famous quotes containing the word all:

    Would have been different. For it would have been
    Another world.’ ‘Ay, and a better, though
    If we could see all all might seem good.’
    Edward Thomas (1878–1917)