It has used that rage mostly effectively for nigh on 50 years now, since Barry Goldwater.
I concentrate toward them that are nigh ... I wait on the door-slab.
We pulled every string we could for nigh on a year and a half.
Replacing the bread in a sandwich with fried meat makes me worry the apocalypse is nigh.
Three quarters of those people believe the end of the world is nigh.
There comes a crash like unto that the end of the world is nigh!
The major, on his way to Corney, told the father that the end was nigh.
No, it's nigh onto a mile, I didn't measure it, but it's a mighty big three-quarters.
He was soon so nigh, that there could be no possible mistake about the matter.
Hast thou lived to nigh forty years, to be hurt like a boy by a woman's inconstancy?
"near," Old English neah (West Saxon), neh (Anglian), common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon nah, Old Frisian nei, Middle Dutch, Dutch na, Old High German nah, German nah, Gothic nehwa), with no cognates outside Germanic. The Old English progression was neah - near - niehsta, for "nigh - near - next." But the comparative near and the superlative nehst (see next) gradually evolved into separate words not felt as related to nigh. New comparative and superlative forms nigher, nighest developed 14c. as phonetic changes obscured the original relationships. As an adjective from Middle English.