One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the huge building was virtually empty’
in effect, effectively, all but, more or less, practically, almost, nearly, close to, approaching, not far from, nearing, verging on, bordering on, well nigh, nigh on, just about, as good as, essentially, in essence, in practical terms, for all practical purposes, to all intents and purposes, in all but name, as near as dammit
roughly, approximately, not quite
South African plus-minus
informal pretty much, pretty nearly, pretty well
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