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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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  • "I imagine Marian will get pretty much whom she wants," said Linda laughingly.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • He did not want much help, getting in, pretty much, by himself.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Most of the officers were gone and this threw me pretty much on my own resources.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Probably, a man who had ‘knocked about the world’ pretty much.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • I could not resist him, and from that moment everybody did pretty much as they pleased.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne

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