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(dialect) nothing but; only
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C14: from no² + but1
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  • He then closed the net, and came away, complaining that it was "nobbut a poor catch."

    Lancashire Sketches Edwin Waugh
  • And as for the touch of damp, 'tis nobbut the pride o' the mornin'.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Why, aw niver knew it smook'd afoor; but this fire's nobbut just lit.

    Yorksher Puddin' John Hartley
  • Deary me, but ye've gat all sorts of sons though you've nobbut two.

  • Th' truth can do yo noa harm, wheer yo are, an I'm nobbut askin for informashun's sake.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The poor lads inside had nobbut a little water to drink and nowt to eat.

    A Safety Match Ian Hay
  • If yo dooant like his compny sarve him th' same way —remember yo're 'number one,' an he's nobbut 'number two' to yo.

    Yorksher Puddin' John Hartley
  • nobbut a farmer am I, in little business; but concerning of my children I will have my say.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • What's nobbut an inconvenience to one is starvation to another.

  • But Captain nobbut would hear to no such reasonable proposal.

    The Master of Appleby Francis Lynde

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