Well, I guess you might think that, but when I saw it back then it was anything but boring!

Am I right that "saw (someone) back" is idiom?

Why is but used before boring? Maybe, it should be something like: "...it was nothing boring!"

  • Anything but is an idiom meaning the opposite of. May 24, 2020 at 17:34

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back then is a colloquial idiom in English that means: at that time.

It is not: saw someone back, it is saw someone back then.

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    From back: "(adverb) 1 b : in or into the past : backward in time … // Back then, no one had ever heard of chronic fatigue syndrome." May 24, 2020 at 15:23
  • To explicate a bit further: to "see someone back" is indeed an idiom. "Jack saw Jill back to the store" means that Jack escorted her to the store. It is not, however, the idiom used here.
    – Mary
    May 24, 2020 at 15:49
  • I will see you back to the door. Sure. But, back then is an idiom.
    – Lambie
    May 24, 2020 at 21:58

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