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pretty much

Mostly; very nearly. We're pretty much finished—just a few last-minute tweaks to the code. Support for the bill has been pretty much unanimous.
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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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pretty ˈmuch/ˈwell

(British English also pretty ˈnearly) (American English also pretty ˈnear) (spoken) almost; just about: This nightclub is pretty much the best this town can offer.I’m pretty well disgusted by your behaviour.It’s worth pretty near a thousand dollars.
See also: much, pretty, well

pretty much

For the most part; mostly: "The ... matter was pretty much dying down" (John Strahinich).
See also: much, pretty
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'I was competing pretty well. When I was at the net, my volleying was pretty solid.
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ALSO, AM PRETTY WELL CONVINCED THAT THE CAVIAR IS SAFE, FOR THE SPRING CATCH WAS IN THE TINS AT TIME OF THE DISASTER.
The presupposition is that religion is pretty well on the rocks.