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    #1

    all but flaunting his ruined dentition

    After one more smile, all but flaunting his ruined dentition, Ushikawa turned and left the reception room.
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    I suppose that it should mean something like "which could mean anything but/the purpose of which could be anything but".

    Am I right?

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    Re: all but flaunting his ruined dentition

    all but = practically

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    #3

    Re: all but flaunting his ruined dentition

    "Since he showed her one more smile, he seemed to be proudly showing his bad teeth..."

    That is how the sentence would be rendered in conversational American usage.

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    #4

    Re: all but flaunting his ruined dentition

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    all but = practically
    I agree, to an extent.

    There is a very slight ambiguity in the original sentence (as there would be with 'practically').

    I think Preceptor's paraphrase is the more likely, but, In my opinion, it is not clear whether he did not show his teeth, but came close to doing so (in a flaunting manner) or he did show his teeth - in a manner that was close to flaunting.
    Last edited by 5jj; 29-Dec-2011 at 10:50. Reason: typo

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