Almost, nearly, as in I've all but finished the book. This expression was used by Andrew Marvell in “Thoughts in a Garden”: “Society is all but rude, To this delicious solitude.” [Late 1500s]
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But along with the cartoon funk is an all-too-real story of police brutality embodied by a horde of evil Pigs.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical|Stereo Williams|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The benefits of incumbency are quite potent, especially in the all-important area of raising campaign funds.
The building used to be an all-girls school, and when it was initially purchased by Fortune it was dilapidated.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This led to the formation of a Christian militant group to counter the rebels, and all-out sectarian violence exploded.
In that context, Sotto Sotto was one of the all-out survivors.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had discovered that the all-glorious boast of Spain was not exempt from the infirmities of common men.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Naturally the conversation fell on the all-absorbing topic of the day and the object of his mission.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
English influence was all-powerful at Lisbon and the new envoy had not the talent to counteract it.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
When he first worked her she had the old bee-but boiler, 24 feet in diameter.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
Could the government of the country be now carried on upon principles that were all-powerful twenty—or even fewer—years ago?