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 for All but
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  All \All\, adv.
     1. Wholly; completely; altogether; entirely; quite; very; as,
        all bedewed; my friend is all for amusement. "And cheeks
        all pale." --Byron.
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     Note: In the ancient phrases, all too dear, all too much, all
           so long, etc., this word retains its appropriate sense
           or becomes intensive.
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     2. Even; just. (Often a mere intensive adjunct.) [Obs. or
        Poet.]
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              All as his straying flock he fed.     --Spenser.
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              A damsel lay deploring
              All on a rock reclined.               --Gay.
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     All to, or All-to. In such phrases as "all to rent," "all
        to break," "all-to frozen," etc., which are of frequent
        occurrence in our old authors, the all and the to have
        commonly been regarded as forming a compound adverb,
        equivalent in meaning to entirely, completely, altogether.
        But the sense of entireness lies wholly in the word all
        (as it does in "all forlorn," and similar expressions),
        and the to properly belongs to the following word, being a
        kind of intensive prefix (orig. meaning asunder and
        answering to the LG. ter-, HG. zer-). It is frequently to
        be met with in old books, used without the all. Thus
        Wyclif says, "The vail of the temple was to rent:" and of
        Judas, "He was hanged and to-burst the middle:" i. e.,
        burst in two, or asunder.
  
     All along. See under Along.
  
     All and some, individually and collectively, one and all.
        [Obs.] "Displeased all and some." --Fairfax.
  
     All but.
        (a) Scarcely; not even. [Obs.] --Shak.
        (b) Almost; nearly. "The fine arts were all but
            proscribed." --Macaulay.
  
     All hollow, entirely, completely; as, to beat any one all
        hollow. [Low]
  
     All one, the same thing in effect; that is, wholly the same
        thing.
  
     All over, over the whole extent; thoroughly; wholly; as,
        she is her mother all over. [Colloq.]
  
     All the better, wholly the better; that is, better by the
        whole difference.
  
     All the same, nevertheless. "There they [certain phenomena]
        remain rooted all the same, whether we recognize them or
        not." --J. C. Shairp. "But Rugby is a very nice place all
        the same." --T. Arnold. -- See also under All, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  But \But\ (b[u^]t), prep., adv. & conj. [OE. bute, buten, AS.
     b[=u]tan, without, on the outside, except, besides; pref. be-
     + [=u]tan outward, without, fr. [=u]t out. Primarily,
     b[=u]tan, as well as [=u]t, is an adverb. [root]198. See
     By, Out; cf. About.]
     1. Except with; unless with; without. [Obs.]
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              So insolent that he could not go but either spurning
              equals or trampling on his inferiors. --Fuller.
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              Touch not the cat but a glove.        --Motto of the
                                                    Mackintoshes.
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     2. Except; besides; save.
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              Who can it be, ye gods! but perjured Lycon? --E.
                                                    Smith.
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     Note: In this sense, but is often used with other particles;
           as, but for, without, had it not been for. "Uncreated
           but for love divine." --Young.
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     3. Excepting or excluding the fact that; save that; were it
        not that; unless; -- elliptical, for but that.
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              And but my noble Moor is true of mind . . . it were
              enough to put him to ill thinking.    --Shak.
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     4. Otherwise than that; that not; -- commonly, after a
        negative, with that.
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              It cannot be but nature hath some director, of
              infinite power, to guide her in all her ways.
                                                    --Hooker.
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              There is no question but the king of Spain will
              reform most of the abuses.            --Addison.
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     5. Only; solely; merely.
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              Observe but how their own principles combat one
              another.                              --Milton.
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              If they kill us, we shall but die.    --2 Kings vii.
                                                    4.
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              A formidable man but to his friends.  --Dryden.
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     6. On the contrary; on the other hand; only; yet; still;
        however; nevertheless; more; further; -- as connective of
        sentences or clauses of a sentence, in a sense more or
        less exceptive or adversative; as, the House of
        Representatives passed the bill, but the Senate dissented;
        our wants are many, but quite of another kind.
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              Now abideth faith hope, charity, these three; but
              the greatest of these is charity.     --1 Cor. xiii.
                                                    13.
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              When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the
              lowly is wisdom.                      --Prov. xi. 2.
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     All but. See under All.
  
     But and if, but if; an attempt on the part of King James's
        translators of the Bible to express the conjunctive and
        adversative force of the Greek ?.
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              But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord
              delayeth his coming; . . . the lord of that servant
              will come in a day when he looketh not for him.
                                                    --Luke xii.
                                                    45, 46.
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     But if, unless. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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              But this I read, that but if remedy
              Thou her afford, full shortly I her dead shall see.
                                                    --Spenser.
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     Syn: But, However, Still.
  
     Usage: These conjunctions mark opposition in passing from one
            thought or topic to another. But marks the opposition
            with a medium degree of strength; as, this is not
            winter, but it is almost as cold; he requested my
            assistance, but I shall not aid him at present.
            However is weaker, and throws the opposition (as it
            were) into the background; as, this is not winter; it
            is, however, almost as cold; he required my
            assistance; at present, however, I shall not afford
            him aid. The plan, however, is still under
            consideration, and may yet be adopted. Still is
            stronger than but, and marks the opposition more
            emphatically; as, your arguments are weighty; still
            they do not convince me. See Except, However.
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     Note: "The chief error with but is to use it where and is
           enough; an error springing from the tendency to use
           strong words without sufficient occasion." --Bain.
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