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 nigh nigh

adj

  • not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances  ( nigh, close, near )
    not far distant in time or space or degree or circumstances
     near neighbors
    near neighbors
     in the near future
    in the near future
     they are near equals
    they are near equals
     his nearest approach to success
    his nearest approach to success
     a very near thing
    a very near thing
     a near hit by the bomb
    a near hit by the bomb
     she was near tears
    she was near tears
     she was close to tears
    she was close to tears
     had a close call
    had a close call
  • adv

  • (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but  ( nigh, about, most, near, well-nigh, virtually, nearly, almost )
    (of actions or states) slightly short of or not quite accomplished; all but
     the job is (just) about done
    the job is (just) about done
     the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
    the baby was almost asleep when the alarm sounded
     we're almost finished
    we're almost finished
     the car all but ran her down
    the car all but ran her down
     he nearly fainted
    he nearly fainted
     talked for nigh onto 2 hours
    talked for nigh onto 2 hours
     the recording is well-nigh perfect
    the recording is well-nigh perfect
     virtually all the parties signed the contract
    virtually all the parties signed the contract
     I was near exhausted by the run
    I was near exhausted by the run
     most everyone agrees
    most everyone agrees
  • near in time or place or relationship  ( nigh, close, near )
    near in time or place or relationship
     as the wedding day drew near
    as the wedding day drew near
     stood near the door
    stood near the door
     don't shoot until they come near
    don't shoot until they come near
     getting near to the true explanation
    getting near to the true explanation
     her mother is always near
    her mother is always near
     The end draws nigh
    The end draws nigh
     the bullet didn't come close
    the bullet didn't come close
     don't get too close to the fire
    don't get too close to the fire
  • adj

  • being on the left side  ( near, nigh )
    being on the left side
     the near or nigh horse is the one on the left
    the near or nigh horse is the one on the left
     the animal's left side is its near or nigh side
    the animal's left side is its near or nigh side