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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

but English Thesaurus

he stumbled but didn't fall

to name a few British & World English

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

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 British & World English

Not at all (used for emphasis)

but and ben British & World English

A two-roomed cottage; a humble home

slow but sure British & World English

Not quick but achieving the required result eventually

bloody but unbowed British & World English

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

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 British & World English

Existing in a particular state but not formally recognized as such

separate but equal British & World English

Racially segregated but ensuring equal opportunities to all races

slowly but surely British & World English

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

close but no cigar British & World English

(Of an attempt) almost but not quite successful

last but not least British & World English

Last in order of mention or occurrence but not of importance

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

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)

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 British & World English

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

not British & World English

Used in some constructions with other verbs

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

Emphasizing how surprising an event was

anything but in anything British & World English

Not at all (used for emphasis)

dogs bark, but the caravans move on British & World English

People may make a fuss, but it won’t change the situation

the lights are on, but nobody's home British & World English

Used to suggest that a person lacks intelligence or awareness

but and ben in but2 British & World English

A two-roomed cottage; a humble home

the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak British & World English

Someone has good intentions but fails to live up to them

slow but sure in slow British & World English

Not quick but achieving the required result eventually

all but in all English Thesaurus

the entire nation was limited to three weekly gallons, making long-distance travel by car all but impossible

but for in but English Thesaurus

but for the rain he would have gone

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

to name a few in name British & World English

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

the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth British & World English

Used to emphasize the absolute veracity of a statement

bloody but unbowed in bloody1 British & World English

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

in all but name in 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


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