One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the battle had, in effect, already been won’
really, in reality, in truth, in fact, in actual fact, effectively, essentially, in essence, virtually, practically, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, all but, as good as, more or less, as near as dammit, almost, nearly, well nigh, nigh on, just about
South African plus-minus
informal pretty much, pretty nearly, pretty well
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