Definition of nigh-hand

1 : near at hand : close by living nigh-hand to where the new house was to be built— A. H. Bullen
2 : nearly, almost wasn't it enough for you to nigh-hand kill one o' my horses— Samuel Lover

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History and Etymology for nigh-hand

Middle English nigh hand, neih hond, from Old English nēh hand, from nēh, adverb, nigh + hand

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