“all but” - I hate that expression!
Can’t help it but I really despise the expression “all but”. How did a phrase that suggests the opposite of what it says ever come into currency?
“Such actions were all but unheard of then” “Later, they were all but wiped out in a British attack” “They were all but exterminated by the Jedi”
PS: For some discoveries in word coignage read Neal Stephenson’s trilogy The Baroque Cycle. A mere 3000 pages.