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- Almost completely; very nearly; mostly.
- 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.
- Similar in meaning to more or less; however, "pretty much" sometimes implies a higher or more satisfactory degree of completeness.