# All but everything; I have nothing to lose

Six letters long
Guess if you choose
I am all but everything
I have nothing to lose

Hint #1

I am used to mean one of two things: one lies within this world, and the other is beyond.

Hint #2

I’m not a zero or ‘absent’ per se, but my presence indicates absence.

I think you are :

Vacuum

Six letters long

Yes

I am all but everything

Things are not in a vacuum

I have nothing to lose

Vacuum has nothing

Hint #1

Can refer to "Vacuum Cleaner" (in this world), or the vacuum of space (beyond this world)

Hint #2

"Vacuum" indicates absence of anything

Second attempt

I think you are

Naught

Six letters long

Naught is six letters long

Guess if you choose
I am all but everything

Naught means nothing which is all but everything

I have nothing to lose

Naught is nothing so it has nothing to lose.

Original attempt

I think you are a

Six letters long

Guess if you choose
I am all but everything

A shadow is produced by an absence of light rays falling on a surface. It shows an object specifically by the obstruction of light produced by that object.

I have nothing to lose

A shadow in itself is just darkness (the absence of light) so it is literally made of nothing.

• Nice attempt (+1), but you still need an object and a light source to produce it. Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 10:22
• @ÉbeIsaac Thanks, I have updated my answer. Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 11:43
• So close! I’ve added a hint to bring you even closer. Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 12:52

You are

Except

Six letters long

✔️

Guess if you choose
I am all but everything

✔️ Since you're an exception.

I have nothing to lose

• Nice try, but it just doesn't fit into to the clues too well. However, rot13(ekprcgvba) would've got it if it weren't for it's length. Commented Feb 10, 2020 at 7:10