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but1 British & World English

Used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned

but2 British & World English

An outer room, especially in a two-roomed cottage

to name a few British & World English

Giving only these as examples, even though more could be cited

but that in but1 British & World English

Other than that; except that

but then in but1 British & World English

After all; on the other hand (introducing a contrasting comment)

but that British & World English

Other than that; except that

but then British & World English

After all; on the other hand (introducing a contrasting comment)

anything but in anything British & World English

Not at all (used for emphasis)

anything but British & World English

Not at all (used for emphasis)

but and ben in but2 British & World English

A two-roomed cottage; a humble home

but and ben British & World English

A two-roomed cottage; a humble home

slow but sure in slow British & World English

Not quick but achieving the required result eventually

slow but sure British & World English

Not quick but achieving the required result eventually

bloody but unbowed in bloody1 British & World English

Proud of what one has achieved despite having suffered great difficulties or losses

bloody but unbowed British & World English

Proud of what one has achieved despite having suffered great difficulties or losses

cannot choose but do something in choose British & World English

Have no alternative to doing something

I'm not being funny, but —— in funny British & World English

Used before a statement or suggestion to point out that it is serious, however facetious or strange it may seem

I'm not being funny, but —— British & World English

Used before a statement or suggestion to point out that it is serious, however facetious or strange it may seem

in all but name in name British & World English

Existing in a particular state but not formally recognized as such

in all but name British & World English

Existing in a particular state but not formally recognized as such

separate but equal in separate British & World English

Racially segregated but ensuring equal opportunities to all races

separate but equal British & World English

Racially segregated but ensuring equal opportunities to all races

slowly but surely in slowly British & World English

Achieving the desired results gradually and reliably rather than quickly and spectacularly

slowly but surely British & World English

Achieving the desired results gradually and reliably rather than quickly and spectacularly

close but no cigar in cigar British & World English

(Of an attempt) almost but not quite successful

close but no cigar British & World English

(Of an attempt) almost but not quite successful

last but not least in last1 British & World English

Last in order of mention or occurrence but not of importance

last but not least British & World English

Last in order of mention or occurrence but not of importance

to name a few in name British & World English

Giving only these as examples, even though more could be cited

but that's another story in story1 British & World English

Used after raising a matter to indicate that one does not want to expand on it for now

but that's another story British & World English

Used after raising a matter to indicate that one does not want to expand on it for now

option British & World English

The freedom or right to choose something

cannot choose but do something British & World English

Have no alternative to doing something

it never rains but it pours in pour British & World English

Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time

it never rains but it pours British & World English

Misfortunes or difficult situations tend to follow each other in rapid succession or to arrive all at the same time

there but for the grace of God in grace British & World English

Used to acknowledge one’s good fortune in avoiding another’s mistake or misfortune

there but for the grace of God British & World English

Used to acknowledge one’s good fortune in avoiding another’s mistake or misfortune

who/what should —— but in should British & World English

Emphasizing how surprising an event was

not British & World English

Used in some constructions with other verbs


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