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You use anything but in expressions such as anything but quiet and anything but attractive to emphasize that something is not the case. [emphasis] ⇒ I will be anything but quiet on Saturday night! ⇒ There's no evidence that he told anyone to say anything but the truth. ⇒ The Los Angeles police chief was not always so insulated from politicians; anything but.
It was just off CambridgeCircus, and it was anything but high-class.Kippax, Frank THE SCARFleetfoot has never seen me and won't suspect my motives are anything but good.Keene, Carolyn THE SECRET OF THE FORGOTTEN CITYIt's my `free" and I wasn't doing anything but going over to Joey's for tea and a chat.Brent-Dyer, Elinor CHALLENGE FOR THE CHALET SCHOOLEven now, with Sibyl dead and Lena just as good as, Lena could not see HankNorton as anything but a necessary evil in her life.Karin Slaughter KISSCUT