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When we speak about something being the first then everything after it is the rest. Well what I am looking for is a proper word that would refer to everything that's before the last.

To illustrate:

[first|...rest] vs [???...|last]

So can anyone help me with finding a word that would be to last the same as rest is to first?

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    I think it's also rest because rest means all those not specifically called out. You might say, for example, "The last one to come in arrived at 9:00pm, the rest all got here before 8:30pm."
    – Jim
    Jan 19, 2014 at 18:09
  • Does this work? - All but last!
    – Maulik V
    Jan 20, 2014 at 7:20

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As @Jim says

it's also rest because rest means all those not specifically called out.

You can however say in the first case, successors and in the second case, predecessors and their variants depending on context given by a Thesaurus.

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  • I also support "the rest." It is how you refer to what remains after what you specify. For example, "Every fifth man was given an application. The rest were dismissed."
    – Dane
    Jan 23, 2014 at 19:34

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