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in the nick of time

Definition of in the nick of time in English:

Only just in time.
Example sentences
  • Conveniently, there were other people around, and I was rescued in the nick of time.
  • Riding bicycles, Hank's agents rescue Arthur and Hank in the nick of time.
  • The upshot is that the error was fixed, in the nick of time.
Synonyms
just in time, not a moment too soon, at the critical moment, at the last second
informal at the buzzer, just under the wire
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