almost as

See: quasi
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The return drive was almost as silent as the drive from home had been in the morning; indeed, Mrs.
Henry, in having such things to relate of his father, was almost as pitiable as in their first avowal to himself.
We see the same fact in the great difference between the inhabitants of Australia, Africa, and South America under the same latitude: for these countries are almost as much isolated from each other as is possible.
Why, we have come almost to looking upon real life as an effort, almost as hard work, and we are all privately agreed that it is better in books.
Now and then its extent flashed upon me, but the glimpse was lost to my retroverted vision almost as soon as won.
It was not until afterward that Mary realized that the thing had been funny as well as dreadful--that it was funny that all the grown-up people were so frightened that they came to a little girl just because they guessed she was almost as bad as Colin himself.
Then came a check, with the perception that we were not really face to face, inasmuch as she had over her eyes a horrible green shade which, for her, served almost as a mask.
Dixon, a young man, rich and agreeable, almost as soon as they were acquainted; and was eligibly and happily settled, while Jane Fairfax had yet her bread to earn.
She was quite confiding with me, and I loved her almost as soon as I spoke to her.
Instantly the big, round head collapsed, almost as a punctured balloon collapses, as a grayish, semi-fluid matter spurted from it.
The flames from Castra Regis and from Diana's Grove made all around almost as light as day, and now that the lightning had ceased to flash, their eyes, unblinded, were able to judge both perspective and detail.
I could feel the air almost as a solid body, so swiftly I hurtled through it.