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What does the phrase "all but" mean in this sentence?

Interpol has all but ruled out terrorism.

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    All but means "very nearly, except for some minor details or exceptions." – Bradd Szonye Mar 11 '14 at 20:51
  • With all, the meaning of but is normally 'except'. – John Lawler Mar 11 '14 at 20:58
  • Interpol has done everything except for ruling out terrorism. – Anonym Mar 11 '14 at 21:12

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