1. anything but有2个用法：
The problem is anything but easy.
I will be anything but quiet on Saturday night!
However, when you think about it, small talk is anything but small.
She is anything but a beauty. 她一点也不漂亮。
They were anything but friendly off-camera, refusing even to take the same lift.
Growing up, I had people telling me I was too slow, though, with an IQ of 150+ at 17, I’m anything but stupid ．
Langdon was feeling anything but fortunate, and coincidence was a concept he did not entirely trust.
He didn’t speak anything but Greek
These days, I can’t think of anything but motor oil.
He’s not interested in anything but eating and sleeping.
2. nothing but只不过是，仅仅是，相当于only
He started with nothing but raw talent and determination.
Nothing but a miracle can save her now.
The whole story is nothing but a pack of lies.
We’ve had nothing but trouble with this car.
We have nothing but praise for the way they handled the investigation.
I have nothing but praise for the police
They had nothing but scorn for his political views.
Below him was nothing but a black void.
There’s nothing but junk on the TV.
Fame brought her nothing but misery.
He’s nothing but a no-good bum!
It did nothing but make us ridiculous
He was nothing but skin and bones.
You’ll buy nothing but trouble if you buy that house, take my word for it.
I want nothing but raiment and daily bread.
The room was all but empty.房间里几乎全空了。
But that market has all but disappeared.
The concrete wall that used to divide this city has now all but gone
Herbalism had become an all but extinct skill in the Western world.
By 1980, Miami beach had all but totally eroded
He has been all but forgotten.
His papers were proof against all but the most expert of scrutinies.
Reiner, 56, has all but conceded the race to his rival
Failure, for them, become all but unthinkable.
I knew them all but one. 除了一个我不认识之外，其余的人我都认识。