mighty nigh

mighty nigh

colloquial, old-fashioned Very close to; almost; nearly. Hey, don't feel bad that you're still single—shoot, I was mighty nigh 40 by the time I met my wife! I heard it's going to be mighty nigh 100 degrees on Saturday. She was mighty nigh frozen to death by the time we fished her out of that lake.
See also: mighty, nigh
References in classic literature ?
"It is mighty nigh five bells, and I should be very pleased to have one of your delicious cocktails ere I go down to dine."
dat dey mighty nigh use de water up'" (Songs and Sayings 151).
When de cabbage pot is steamin' An' de bacon good an' fat, When de chittlins is a-sputter'n' So's to show you whah dey's at; Tek away yo' sody biscuit Tek away yo' cake an' pie, Fu' de glory time is comin', An' it's 'proachin' mighty nigh, An' you want to jump an' hollah, Dough you know you'd bettah not, When yo' mammy says de blessin' An' de co'n pone's hot.
"Mighty nigh onto 13," said I, kind of fuming, "and I'm no little boy, neither."