I was reading an article in NYTimes and stumbled upon this line

It is proving to be anything but.

What does this actually mean?

Please feel free to read the article to get the context

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    It means, more or less, "It is not." – Sven Yargs Sep 13 '17 at 7:17
  • Please provide the context in the question. Questions should be complete in themselves (as should answers). Also, anything but is actually listed in at least one dictionary. – Andrew Leach Sep 13 '17 at 8:02

"but" means "except" here, and proving (in this context) means "to show a particular result after a period of time".

So if I say "It is proving to be anything but easy.", I mean "I've spent a significant amount of time trying to do this, and it's not easy.". It doesn't necessarily mean that the person hasn't been able to do it, but there's a strong implication of that.

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