anything but

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Any object, occurrence, or matter whatever.
To any degree or extent; at all: They aren't anything like last year's team.
Something or someone of importance: "You had to be something to start with, and Jeremy never was anything" (Anne Tyler).
anything but
By no means; not at all: I was anything but happy about going.
anything goes
Anything is permissible or likely to be tolerated.
like anything
To an exceeding degree: We worked like anything to meet the deadline.
References in classic literature ?
But he's got a tongue like a sharp blade, Bartle has--it never touches anything but it cuts.
But as for the husbands of the three wives, they loitered about, fetched turtles' eggs, and caught fish and birds: in a word, anything but labour; and they fared accordingly.
Tom, tell me squarely--didn't he find any fault with you for anything but those two things--carrying the case into court and refusing to fight?
It warn't anything but a Sunday-school picnic, and only a primer-class at that.