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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Except or apart from. Used to connect two statements or phrases when the second one adds something different or seems surprising after the first one.

Usage examples (7)
  • ‘They’re but at long bowls yet, ’ cried Kennedy, in great exultation, ‘but they will be closer by and by.
  • I shall never laugh but in that maid’s company; —but, indeed, she is given too much to allicholy and musing.
  • We shall live again, Werther, ” she continued, with a firm but feeling voice; “but shall we know one another again?
  • “Not in the least,” replied Miriam, smiling, but deeply blushing; “it is our mother country, and I have always been taught to love it, but¾” for more
Tutoring comment
  • The group on the "butte" (small steep mountain with a flat top) made him the "butt" (laughing stock) of their jokes, "but" (except that) he did not laugh.
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