almost as

See: quasi
References in classic literature ?
Russia seemed to me more remote than any other country-- farther away than China, almost as far as the North Pole.
Her cheek was as full and almost as flushed as La Petite's.
In accordance with this rule it may safely be assumed that the forefathers of Boston had built the first prison-house somewhere in the Vicinity of Cornhill, almost as seasonably as they marked out the first burial-ground, on Isaac Johnson's lot, and round about his grave, which subsequently became the nucleus of all the congregated sepulchres in the old churchyard of King's Chapel.
She was also young and pretty-- almost as young and almost as pretty, miss, even as you.
It was a death that blasted with strange horror the humble name of the dweller in the cottage, and made it seem almost a religious act to drive the plough over the little area of his habitation, and obliterate his place and memory from among men.
In the long series of slides where I am repeatedly seen running away from the camera but being caught by it in every shot, it's almost as if I am refusing to accept something I realized later, which is that an artist's persona is going to be present in his or her work no matter what.
It is an annual pull, avoidable as breath and almost as necessary.
He is imitated almost as much as he is loved, but the imitators almost always fall short, for in the unlikely event that they can write nearly as well, they almost surely lack the intellect that also guides and distinguishes his work.