pretty much (not comparable)
- Almost completely; very nearly; mostly; more or less; basically.
1860 December – 1861 August, Charles Dickens, chapter III, in Great Expectations [...] In Three Volumes, volume III, London: Chapman and Hall, […], published October 1861, OCLC 3359935, page 42:
That's my life pretty much, down to such times as I got shipped off, arter Pip stood my friend.
- 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.
almost completely; very nearly; mostly