This is an entertaining book, but some of the material is pretty grim.
A journalist doing a favor for someone in returning for a favor back is pretty much everyday practice.
We were pretty exhausted… We were accused of being Israeli spies.
But suspect that this is also pretty effective, though both he and Romney have also foreclosed some voters who feel very strongly.
Only then, Santorum would later say, did it become “a pretty easy call” to induce labor and allow the pregnancy to lapse.
Things are getting on pretty much the same up at the old place.
You folks been cuttin' a pretty wide swath here in New York.
I'm not playing schoolmaster with a pretty little girl like you.
"That's a pretty good afternoon's work," he said to himself.
A pretty thing to 'ave my name in all the papers about 'ere as torturing a goose!
Old English prættig (West Saxon), pretti (Kentish), *prettig (Mercian) "cunning, skillful, artful, wily, astute," from prætt, *prett "a trick, wile, craft," from West Germanic *pratt- (cf. Old Norse prettr "a trick," prettugr "tricky;" Frisian pret, Middle Dutch perte, Dutch pret "trick, joke," Dutch prettig "sportive, funny," Flemish pertig "brisk, clever"), of unknown origin.
Connection between Old English and Middle English words is uncertain, but if they are the same, meaning had shifted by c.1400 to "manly, gallant," and later moved via "attractive, skillfully made," to "fine," to "beautiful in a slight way" (mid-15c.). Ironical use from 1530s. For sense evolution, compare nice, silly. Also used of bees (c.1400). "After the OE. period the word is unknown till the 15th c., when it becomes all at once frequent in various senses, none identical with the OE., though derivable from it" [OED].
Meaning "not a few, considerable" is from late 15c. With a sense of "moderately," qualifying adjectives and adverbs, since 1560s. Pretty please as an emphatic plea is attested from 1902. A pretty penny "lot of money" is first recorded 1768.
"a pretty person or thing," 1736, from pretty (adj.).
Quite; more than a little: The weather's pretty rotten (1565+)