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well-nigh (adv.)

Old English wel neah, from well (adv.) + nigh.

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Definitions of well-nigh

well-nigh (adv.)
(of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but;
the recording is well-nigh perfect
Synonyms: about / almost / most / nearly / near / nigh / virtually
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