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[1]     (unstressed)  
      conj   coordinating  
1    contrary to expectation  
he cut his knee but didn't cry     
2    in contrast; on the contrary  
I like opera but my husband doesn't     
3    usually used after a negative   other than  
we can't do anything but wait     
4    only  
I can but try     
      conj   subordinating  
5    usually used after a negative   without it happening or being the case that  
we never go out but it rains     
6    foll by: that   except that  
nothing is impossible but that we live forever     
7    Archaic   if not; unless  
      sentence connector  
8    Informal   used to introduce an exclamation  
my, but you're nice     
9    except; save  
they saved all but one of the pigs     
10    but for   were it not for  
but for you, we couldn't have managed     
11    just; merely  
he was but a child     
12    Dialect, and     (Austral)   though; however  
it's a rainy day: warm, but     
13    all but          almost; practically  
he was all but dead when we found him     
14    an objection (esp. in the phrase ifs and buts)  
     (Old English butan without, outside, except, from be by + utan out; related to Old Saxon biutan, Old High German biuzan)  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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in spite of the flaws/minuses/disadvantages; with goods and bads; with minuses and pluses
love / accept smb. flaws and all = love /accept smb. as he/she is, with qualities and flaws.
liked best of all
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all right; runing smoothly
[Slang];[UK] Everything is tickety-boo with building our new house; soon we will move in.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
intensifying expression, often used with "look"
he looked for all the world as if he was going to cry: il avait vraiment l'air d'être sur le point de pleurer
all right; good, OK, satisfactory
buy one, get one free
It's a common form of sales promotion. This marketing technique is universally known in the marketing industry by the acronym BOGOF.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
partner during an event
E.g.: Tom will be her plus one to the party.
generally, an endearment expression used to describe someone who, contrary to the appearances, proves to have strength, determination
stop talking; refrain from saying something
be kept waiting
At a point where you know you have to make a decision that not only effects your life, not only the life of the objects you love but the ones that you consider as well. More than one crux will certainly cause an individual to have a dilemma or two.
to lose one's temper
very familiar
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
the complete opposite of a sugar daddy, one who tries, but is broke and fronting.
[Slang] salty mama
one who makes stripes and epaulettes
Slang expression meaning one being annoying.
"You`re a prick when you ask those questions."
going from one bar to another
one who solves people's problems
one who designs a room interior
to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one
a modern version of the popular saying "killing two birds with one stone" derived from the popular video game "angry birds."
go for something, take one's chances


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