anything but

adverb
: not at all : by no means : in no respect

it was anything but clear … what the political democracy … would be like — John Strachey

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anything but
Certainly not, by no means
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Main Entry:any
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anything but
Certainly not
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Main Entry:but

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anything but phrase
used for emphasizing that a particular word does not describe someone or something, because the opposite is true about them

Unfortunately, our hosts were anything but friendly.

Jake’s no fool – anything but!

Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing that something is not true or likelysynonym
Main entry: anything

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I
not at all (used for emphasis)

he is anything but racist

II

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anything but

He looked anything but happy. [=he looked very unhappy]

Though he said he was happy, he looked anything but (happy).

This problem is anything but new.

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Main Entry:anything

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anything but idiom
definitely not

The hotel was anything but cheap.

It wasn't cheap. Anything but.

Main entry:anythingidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Anything but — Anything A ny*thing, n. 1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it for anything. [1913 Webster] Did you ever know of anything so unlucky? A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anything but — ► anything but not at all. Main Entry: ↑anything …   English terms dictionary

  • anything but — {adv. phr.} Quite the opposite of; far from being. * /I don t mean he s lazy anything but!/ * /The boys knew they had broken the rules, and they were anything but happy when they were called to the office./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • anything but — {adv. phr.} Quite the opposite of; far from being. * /I don t mean he s lazy anything but!/ * /The boys knew they had broken the rules, and they were anything but happy when they were called to the office./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • anything\ but — adv. phr. Quite the opposite of; far from being. I don t mean he s lazy anything but! The boys knew they had broken the rules, and they were anything but happy when they were called to the office …   Словарь американских идиом

  • anything but — used for emphasizing that a particular word does not describe someone or something, because the opposite is true about them Unfortunately, our hosts were anything but friendly. Jake s no fool – anything but! …   English dictionary

  • anything but — adverb To no degree; not; not at all. Our current life style is anything but sustainable …   Wiktionary

  • anything but — not. The minister and the church leaders are all deaf, yet the service is anything but silent. Usage notes: used to emphasize that something is the opposite of what you might expect …   New idioms dictionary

  • anything but — everything except for, anything with the exception of …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anything but — not at all (used for emphasis). → anything …   English new terms dictionary

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