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:

    I have had playmates, I have had companions,
    In my days of childhood, in my joyful school-days,
    All, all are gone, the old familiar faces.
    Charles Lamb (1775–1834)