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Nigh, adv. 1) near: “grazed his cattle n.” Compl. 57. “never harm . . . come our lovely lady n.” Mids. II, 2, 18. “grapple with him ere he comes so n.” John V, 1, 61. “draw n.” Tit. V, 3, 24. “so n. at least,” Cymb. III, 4, 151. “to be n.:” Ven. 341. Ven. 341 Err. II, 1, 43. Mids. II, 2, 155. Wint. V, 1, 180. H4A IV, 1, 118. H6C II, 2, 56. V, 1, 8. V, 2, 5. Oth. II, 1, 153.
Used as a prepos.: “was not this n. shore?” Tp. I, 2, 216. “which is too n. your person,” Mcb. IV, 2, 72.
2) in a manner touching near, coming home to the heart: “that dost not bite so n. as benefits forgot,” As II, 7, 185.
3) nearly, almost: “n. wrecked upon the sea,” H6B III, 2, 82. “well n. worn to pieces with age,” Wiv. II, 1, 21. “well n. dead for me,” Ado V, 4, 81.
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