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pretty much

Almost, nearly, approximately, as in Our homework was pretty much finished. This adverbial usage differs from the use of pretty for “considerable” (as in pretty penny). [ c. 1800 ]
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  • Things are getting on pretty much the same up at the old place.

    A Girl of the Commune George Alfred Henty
  • He did not want much help, getting in, pretty much, by himself.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I was put into the cook shop where I could get better food, and I did pretty much what I pleased.

  • Probably, a man who had ‘knocked about the world’ pretty much.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • My trap is pretty much into kindlings, but there are no bones broken.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

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