• "They butted each other gently."
    "They butted each other gently."
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Butting An abuttal; a boundary. "Without buttings or boundings on any side."
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Neat but not gaudy Neat but not gaudy
No; but I saw a man sitting at the bottom of the hill No; but I saw a man sitting at the bottom of the hill
"I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo." "I would be strikin' as Mercury, but I think I would be at my best as Apollo."
"But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents." "But it is so stylish, Samantha, and it only costs ten cents."
But the great fun of the evening But the great fun of the evening
The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Citizens of Monaco are prohibited from gambling in Monte Carlo, but they're exempt from taxation.
    • n butting An abutting or abuttal.
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  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”
  • W. Clement Stone
    “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.”
  • Carol Alt
    Carol Alt
    “When somebody gives you a sexy look, you know they're trying. It's terrible! But when you smile, it's so much sexier!”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.”
  • St. Augustine
    “God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.”


All but - If someone all but does something, they almost do it, but don't manage to.
Close but no cigar - (USA) If you are close but no cigar, you are close to success or the truth, but have not got there.
Deep pockets but short arms - Someone who has money but never puts his hand in his pocket to pay for anything has deep pockets but short arms.
Everything but the kitchen sink - If people include everything but the kitchen sink, they include every possibility, regardless of whether they are useful.
Grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow - 'The grass may be greener on the other side but it's just as hard to mow' is an expression used to mean a person's desire to have that which another person has in the belief it will make their life easieris false as all situations come with their own set of problems.
I may be daft, but I'm not stupid - I might do or say silly things occasionally, but in this instance I know what I am doing (Usually used when someone questions your application of common-sense).
It never rains but it pours - 'It never rains but it pours' means that when things go wrong, they go very wrong.
No ifs or buts - Ifs and Buts is a term used to describe the reasons people give for not wanting to do something. To show that you don't wish to accept any excuses, you can tell somebody that you wish to hear no ifs or buts Here IF & BUT have become nouns
Not with a bang but a whimper - To end on a muted note - most likely in a situation where one would have expected a more spectacular finish. This expression was coined by T.S. Elliot in his 1925 poem, The Hollow Men, which ends: This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.
Opportunity knocks but once - This idiom means that you only get one chance to achieve what you really want to do.
Slow but sure - If something or someone is slow but sure, they may take their time to do something, but they are reliable.
Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak - If the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, someone lacks the willpower to change things they do because they derive too much pleasure from them.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me - To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.
What can you expect from a hog but a grunt? - (USA) This means that you can't expect people to behave in a way that is not in their character- a 'hog' is a 'pig', so an unrefined person can't be expected to behave in a refined way.
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family - Some things you can choose, but others you cannot, so you have to try to make the best of what you have where you have no choice.


In literature:

Them niggers could conjure each other but they couldn't do nothing to the whitefolks, but I don't believe in it.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
But the Borough Dining Rooms, next door but one to the corner of Duck Square and Wedgwood Street, were not as usual.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
For myself the gold had but little attraction, but the adventure was very dear to my heart.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
But I can give you dinner (I haven't got much, but what I've got you're quite welcome to).
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
But cats and hogs, they're all right enough, but they ain't human.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
But the wife, bound though she be by an oath of obedience, will not obey him, but only screams the louder.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
But his boys never thought of their father, but to fear him.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
But, with the above-mentioned exception, the little boy's self-content suffered but slight disturbance.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Not but what he was master in his own house, but he hardly knew how to plan for a child.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Every one is praising them; every one is following them: but to whom but you can I speak of them?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
But he had no taste for learning, and gave but few marks of that genius which he afterwards evinced.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
But a 'tea' in the north country depends for distinction, not on its solids or its savouries, but on its sweets.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But the younger man saw there no "kenned face," so he did not linger within, but came out again to stand with the rest.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
But he had no choice but to keep trying.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
But her feeling for the Saracen is stronger.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
I have the letter now that he wrote to me; the chaplain sent it, but no eye but mine must ever see it.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
But Jeff at that instant saw, not Alston, but a new vision of life.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
If we get but bread to eat, and any kind of raiment to put on, we ought not only to be contented, but thankful.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
But the fight had been, not for herself, but for her child; and the victory for her girl would have been won by her own perseverance.
"Lady Anna" by Anthony Trollope
But she knew this was but his beginning and she would not challenge it.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown

In poetry:

I said—I care not if I can
But look into her eyes again,
But lay my hand within her hand
Just once again.
""I Said--I Care Not"" by Richard Le Gallienne
But that love—and lie I cannot
Here in this quiet spot,
Hath undeserved been often,
But never once forgot:
"To My Mother" by Edwin Arnold
No; thou must be a God to me
As if but me were none;
I such a perfect child to thee
As if thou hadst but one.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
"A quid's orright," sizzi, "but still
I dunnowota think."
"Don't chewitover now," sizzee,
"But cumanavadrink.'
"The Lingothatweuze" by C J Dennis
Turning over their failures
By some bed of lobelias,
Nowhere to go but indoors,
Nor friends but empty chairs -
"Toads Revisited" by Philip Larkin
It is not joy nor sorrow,
But that which is between,
It is not noght nor morrow,
But that which joins them in.
"Peace" by Swami Vivekananda

In news:

On what already is a hot, but clear, day, the morning qualifiers are all but wrapped up at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Lake Elsinore, California, for the final round of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
In public, Steve Jobs had nothing but contempt for tablets smaller than the 9.7-inch iPad, but an email revealed in Apple's patent trial with Samsung told a very different story.
And I haven't heard this mentioned yet, but he's not only an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, but the recruiting coordinator as well.
The best lipsticks stay on all day, but Korres' latest lip product is more interested in staying off - its new exfoliate looks like a lipstick (albeit a yellow one), but acts like a scrub.
So many great Caribbean resorts are offering hard-to-believe values right now, but your first thought is often "Yeah, but the airfare'll be deadly".
" As far as I can tell, they did nothing of use, but marched around doing unspeakable things to the language and inspiring dreadful puns — "Not Angles, but Angels.
But now the news is good if you're looking to buy, but for the first time in a long time, not so good if you are selling, reports CBS News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi.
But, of neck-craning interest will be 7-foot-4 project Moussa Seck, a native of Senegal , who was with the Mavs last summer, but was so inexperienced as basketball player, didn't play.
Photo by Matt Otto "We tried to go to Rouge," my new brunette friend was explaining, shivering a bit from the rainy cold but nonetheless leisurely smoking her cigarette, "but they'd stopped serving food.
Ramon Sessions will make his first start for the Lakers on Friday night against the Blazers, but today's news isn't just about who is moving up in the rotation, but who is moving out.
But unfortunately, the ultimate results–the Presidential election in 2012–is anything but silly, especially for the LGBT community.
But I did, and I found a nice danceable song I'll probably hear in a club sometime soon but will forget about in six months.
But hearing big banks say thanks but no thanks to opening a checking, savings or investment account.
We all know he's not afraid to show off his heavily tattooed belly — but for the music publication the Bawse not only shows off his man boobs but his underwear, as well.
I know I'm probably beating a dead horse here, since HSR is all but dead now in this country, but I recently engaged in a Facebook debate on HSR that uncovered some arguments beyond the usual.

In science:

In the same time, theoretical people should realize a ”code of conduct”, including - e.g.- the prescriptions for observational tests not only with the sun but also with stellar clusters relevant for the computations. A procedure often but not always adopted.
Modern Stellar Evolution Models for Low Mass Stars
But who adopts this strategy is committed to explain why future is the direction of entropy increase in one region of the universe but not in the other: why the entropy definition works in one region of the universe but not in all of them.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
But then by Lemma [S, Lemma A3] V must contain all but a finite number of positive multiples of d, and the result follows.
Some intrinsic properties of simple graph $C^*$-algebras
But our physics is nothing but some (very complex and intricate) ”formal system” so it should be incomplete and we need new physics which must include our mind in.
The G\"odelizing Quantum-Mechanical Automata
The observed empirical results that come from randomness but exhibit realistic collective features emphasize the idea dating back to Wigner that robust realistic properties are not necessarily a result of a unique nature-chosen interaction, but rather a generic manifestation of kinematic rules and symmetries.
Order generated by random many-body dynamics
The operator P (ξ ) ∈ eC[ξ1 , ξ2 ] on R2 defined by the representative Pε (ξ ) = εξ1 + iξ2 : It is S-elliptic, but not WH-elliptic (hence also W-elliptic, but not SH-elliptic).
Elliptic regularity and solvability for partial differential equations with Colombeau coefficients
The scientific and mathematical study of Chaos Theory contains many overlaps with the study of Complex Systems, but with differences related to method: Chaos Theory can be used to study Complex Systems, but is not restricted to the study of these systems.
Complex Systems
The variation of temperature is similar to that of density away from the black hole but is opposite when close to the horizon (as the density varies inversely with the temperature at a small x but not so at a large x, see Eqn. (1)).
Unification to the "Pseudo-General-Relativistic" analysis of accretion disks around rotating black holes and neutron stars
Since the last row is used by µ′ but not by ν , there has to be a row s which is used by ν but not by µ′ .
A Proof of Parisi's Conjecture on the Random Assignment Problem
The horizontal errorbar shows the 2′ width of the sliding radial bin used to “smooth” the data. (Midd le Panel) As above, but for the metal-poor globular clusters. (Lower Panel) As above, but for the metal-rich globular clusters.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
The phase separating function h∗ is certainly very much model dependent, but we expect that the tangent at 0 is model independent, and would be the same for any random law of the σ-sequence which has variance 1 and a expectation h, and has exponentially decaying tails, but this is not proved in .
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
But normal laws are not just ID but stable as well and this is one reason why the commutative semi-group assumption came in to the picture here.
Infinite Divisibility and Max-Infinite Divisibility with Random Sample Size
The system time evolution in phase-space consist of changes of position produced along a non-null lapse of time but with a fixed momentum, and changes of momentum produced in a null lapse of time but at a fixed position.
Discrete-to-continuum transitions and mathematical generalizations in the classical harmonic oscillator
In terms of computational efficienc y a generator with a small number of feedback taps but a large factor a is much better than a generator with a= 1 but a large number of feedback taps.
Entropy of Pseudo Random Number Generators
We can extend only our simplest max 2-sat results to max k sat, but we conjecture a “max k -sat limiting function conjecture” analogous to the folklore satisfiability threshold conjecture, but open even for k = 2 .
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions