used to introduce a phrase or clause contrasting with what has already been mentioned.
he stumbled but didn’t fall
yet,nevertheless,nonetheless,even so,however,still,notwithstanding,despite that,in spite of that,for all that,all the same,just the same,at the same time,be that as it may,though,although,still and all,withal,natheless,howbeit
except; apart from; other than.
we were never anything but poor
except (for),apart from,other than,besides,aside from,with the exception of,short of,bar,barring,excepting,excluding,omitting,leaving out,save (for),saving,outside of
no more than; only.
he is but a shadow of his former self
only,just,simply,merely,no more than,nothing but,a mere,nobbut
an argument against something; an objection.
no buts —just get out of here