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Dear Teachers,

1. "do the dishes" means "wash the dishes" or "do the washing-up", right?

2. She should find another profession soon because her acting career is all but finished.

- What does "her acting career is all but finished" mean here?

Thanks very much to Teachers,

Stevenukd.
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1. Yes, exactly.

2. She is trying to be an actress, but is not having any success. Or, perhaps she did have success in the past, but she is not finding any acting jobs now, and it doesn't look like she will again soon.
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all but - very nearly, almost

all but finished - almost, practically finished
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<2. She should find another profession soon because her acting career is all but finished. >

For some reason, she isn't getting regular work anymore or she has done something to cause employers not to want her.

Imagine a goalkeeper who takes bribes in order to help fix football matches. The press and FIFA discover his cheating and from then on his footballing career is all but finished.
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MilkyImagine a goalkeeper who takes bribes in order to help fix football matches. The press and FIFA discover his cheating and from then on his footballing career is all but finished.

Milky

The above explains very clearly the phrase 'all but finished'.
I'm glad it does, Yoong Liat.