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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Anything \A"ny*thing\, adv.
      In any measure; anywise; at all.
               Mine old good will and hearty affection towards you is
               not . . . anything at all quailed.         --Robynson

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Anything \A"ny*thing\, n.
      1. Any object, act, state, event, or fact whatever; thing of
            any kind; something or other; aught; as, I would not do it
            for anything.
                     Did you ever know of anything so unlucky? --A.
                     They do not know that anything is amiss with them.
                                                                              --W. G.
      2. Expressing an indefinite comparison; -- with as or like.
            [Colloq. or Lowx]
                     I fear your girl will grow as proud as anything.
      Note: Any thing, written as two words, is now commonly used
               in contradistinction to any person or anybody. Formerly
               it was also separated when used in the wider sense.
               [bd]Necessity drove them to undertake any thing and
               venture any thing.[b8] --De Foe.
      {Anything but}, not at all or in any respect. [bd]The battle
            was a rare one, and the victory anything but secure.[b8]
      {Anything like}, in any respect; at all; as, I can not give
            anything like a fair sketch of his trials.
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