Anything but

Anything but
Anything A"ny*thing, n. 1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it for anything. [1913 Webster]

Did you ever know of anything so unlucky? --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]

They do not know that anything is amiss with them. --W. G. Sumner. [1913 Webster]

2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like. [Colloq. or Lowx] [1913 Webster]

I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything. --Richardson. [1913 Webster]

Note: Any thing, written as two words, is now commonly used in contradistinction to any person or anybody. Formerly it was also separated when used in the wider sense. ``Necessity drove them to undertake any thing and venture any thing.'' --De Foe. [1913 Webster]

{Anything but}, not at all or in any respect. ``The battle was a rare one, and the victory anything but secure.'' --Hawthorne.

{Anything like}, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give anything like a fair sketch of his trials. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.