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.
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