I came across the sentence

"I have been looking for other work for a while now, but now that this miserable excuse for a person as all but folded the school...well, it's lucky I had a feeling and started looking for other job opportunities when I did"

She left her job due to her stupid boss and she said the sentence. I couldn't understand "that this miserable excuse for a person as all but folded the school...well". Could you teach me?

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    That as appears to be a typo for has. Mar 9, 2016 at 11:36
  • "miserable excuse for a person" is a way of expressing a low opinion of somebody. "as" in this context is probably a colloquial expression meaning "who has". "all but folded the school"? no idea: maybe it implies that the boss didn't stay very long at school, ie is uneducated.
    – JavaLatte
    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:07

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As has been said in the comments section, there is most probably a typo, and the intended sentence was likely meant to be:

"...that this miserable excuse for a person has all but folded the school..."

Regarding the meaning of this, accoring to the following resource, the 'all but...' idiom has the following meanings:

"Everyone or everything except those mentioned"

For example, you could say; "All but the weakest trees survived the storm". Another meaning is:

"Almost, nearly"

Your own example illustrates this well; the person has almost (all but) folded the school.


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