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pertineer (not comparable)
- (colloquial) Almost; nearly.
1911, Agnes Roma Johnson, et al., “Keeping Up Appearances”, in Pacific Short Story Club magazine, volume 4–6, Pacific Short Story Club, page 23:
- "She made one leap towards it, but when she touched the pitcher, she drew back in dismay. 'My! It's pertineer boilin'!' she gasped."
1997, Leonard C. Sly, Worlds of Pain and Joy: Reflections on Working-Class Lives, University of Michigan-Flint:
- "'But my oldest sister was twelve at that time, "pertineer" thirteen and she always seemed like a mother to us.'"
2008, Merri Hiatt, Penelope's Passion, MH Books, page 196:
- "Mark answered, 'I've known Ian McCafferty pertineer all his life.'"