(something) is nearly impossible

"Nearly impossible" means "almost impossible". The word "nearly" is used in combinations like these:

It took up nearly all of the remaining space on the hard drive, so I had to go through and delete some stuff.

They beat him until he was nearly dead.

We've been doing this for nearly a decade now. (or other measurements of time)

Why does it matter which one? They're nearly identical.

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