pretty much

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pretty much (not comparable)

  1. Almost completely; very nearly; mostly.
    • 1861, Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, ch. 42:
      That's my life pretty much, down to such times as I got shipped off.
    • 1912, G. K. Chesterton, "The Separatist and Sacred Things," in A Miscellany of Men:
      Poets are pretty much the same everywhere in their poetry—and in their prose.
    • 2008 Jan. 6, Ron Liddle, "Bring back British Rail, all is forgiven," Sunday Times (UK) (retrieved 16 July 2008):
      Pretty much all of the train operating companies have announced huge fare increases.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Similar in meaning to more or less; however, "pretty much" sometimes implies a higher or more satisfactory degree of completeness.