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adverbIrish English, English Regional, Midlands, Scottish, Northern
1Near or close at hand; nearby.
prepositionIrish English, English Regional, Midlands, Scottish, Northern
Near, close to.
Old English; earliest use found in The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. From nigh [preposition] + hand.
nigh hand/ˈnʌɪ ˌhand/
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