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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.
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might nigh

colloquial, old-fashioned Very close to; almost; nearly. Hey, don't feel bad that you're still single—shoot, I was might nigh 40 by the time I met my wife! I heard it's going to be might nigh 100 degrees on Saturday. She was might nigh frozen to death by the time we fished her out of that lake.
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might(y) nigh

Rur. very nearly. We mighty nigh lost Mary that time she fell through the ice in the river. That was might nigh the worst night of my life.
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References in classic literature ?
Ever as he advanced he heard those shrieks, which sometimes seemed ringing among the clouds, and sometimes passed so nigh, as to appear to brush the earth.
The distance was still considerable; and their approach, as they drew nigh the place of execution, was moderated by awe.
Tulliver, rising and going to the window, "I don't know where she is now, an' it's pretty nigh tea-time.
He blew nigh the top of his head off with an old musket that they had for scarin' crows with.
Why, I've sat here off an' on for nigh twenty years past, an' it hasn't done me no harm.
"Now I refrain from raising hand or voice to Porthos because his great heart is nigh to breaking if he so much as suspects that all is not well between him and me, and having struck him once some years ago never can I forget the shudder which passed through him when he saw it was I who had struck, and I shall strike him, ma'am, no more.
The tribe, or rather half tribe, of Delawares, which has been so often mentioned, and whose present place of encampment was so nigh the temporary village of the Hurons, could assemble about an equal number of warriors with the latter people.
The western wave was all a-flame The day was well nigh done!