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While reading some technical book I faced the sentence:

Experience has shown that disciplined adherence to this approach can all but eliminate resource management problems

What does the all but expereince mean? Didn't understand that construction. I'd guess that it means the same as

Experience has shown that disciplined adherence to this approach can eliminate resource management problems

So, in fact that doesn't affect the meaning at all. But I'm not sure.

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If you look up the idiom all but in a Dictionary, you will find that it means "almost completely". ".....can almost eliminate resource management problems".

  • Uhhhh this is a close reason. – Nathan Tuggy Jul 16 '15 at 4:25

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