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I have seen the phrase "Nothing but" used in many places. e.g.:

  • Inertia is nothing but the mass of the object.
  • Time is nothing but a line

How did nothing but come into existence?

  • google.com/… – mplungjan Nov 20 '13 at 12:03
  • But has more than one meaning, and one of them is "except", and has been forever. Making "nothing but" just as straightforward a construction as "blue car". Which has been covered in numerous questions before. I am closing this as a duplicate of that particular question because it has links to many more questions still. – RegDwigнt Nov 20 '13 at 12:23

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