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    had all but dismantled

    It has been about a century since coats of arms had any "practical" use. Their use in recent years is purely ceremonial.

    I suspect that the nearest modern equivalent in common use is football strips, but read on

    If you cast your imagination back perhaps 800 years, you will discover a Europe in which the influence of the Roman Empire had been forgotten, as hordes better equipped militarily coming from the East had all but dismantled the Empire. (The learnings, by the way, remained, but were passed on primarily only in the Arabian world for several more Centuries.)

    Please explain the highlighed group of words.

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    Re: had all but dismantled

    > modern equivalent in common use is football strips

    Football strips are commonly used today in the same way that Coats of Arms used to be.


    > military coming from the East had dismantled the Empire
    ... means that they had completely taken it apart, leaving nothing remaining.

    > militarily coming from the East had all but dismantled the Empire
    ... means that they had almost done this, but not quite. (They had left some parts of Italy unified.)

    M.

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    Re: had all but dismantled

    had all but dismantled = almost destroyed


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    Re: had all but dismantled

    Thank you friends.

    But I don't know what is `football strip' ?

    Could you explain this?

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    Re: had all but dismantled

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you friends.

    But I don't know what is `football strip' ?

    Could you explain this?
    football strip = team uniform worn when playing soccer.

    Sorry, English here, means that "football" is soccer, and that the other game is only called "American football".

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