If ands and buts were candy and nuts,” Boehner said, “every day would be Christmas.
The rebels, however as they passed these wounded men, fired right into them and struck them with the buts of their muskets.
We cannot have two 'buts' or two 'fors' in the same sentence where the Greek repeats (Greek).
"I have no time for 'buts' and 'ifs,'" she interrupts him, gently.
I tell you frankly, Paine, if you go to work for me there must be no 'ifs' or 'buts' about it.
But me, no buts, Master Dogvane, but do as you are told; so down you go.
"There ain't no buts about it," broke in Tilda with swift asperity.
There ain't no 'buts' in the Christian religion, 'Liphalet, an' there ain't no use in yore tryin' to cover up Freddie's faults.
"No buts," said Diana, getting up and putting on her tam-o'-shanter.
"There are no yets and buts," he exclaimed, half angry with her that she hesitated.
Really; definitely: He noticed it and began making cracks but loud
[1930s+; perhaps fr a Yiddish speech pattern]