but for

1) except for something

The work was now complete, but for a final coat of paint.

2) used for saying that something would have happened if something else or someone had not prevented it

Lee would certainly have been included in the team, but for his recent injury.

But for your timely warning, we would have been unaware of the danger.


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  • For all that — For For, prep. [AS. for, fore; akin to OS. for, fora, furi, D. voor, OHG. fora, G. vor, OHG. furi, G. f[ u]r, Icel. fyrir, Sw. f[ o]r, Dan. for, adv. f[ o]r, Goth. fa[ u]r, fa[ u]ra, L. pro, Gr. ?, Skr. pra . [root] 202. Cf. {Fore}, {First},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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