- 1A small cut or notch.More example sentences
- Like the old rifles, the rear sight bears a tiny nick of a sighting notch.
- There are few film defects such as nicks or blemishes to be seen.
- The picture suffers from numerous source defects, including many nicks and scratches, a generally dirty appearance, and discolored film elements.
- 2 (the nick) British • informal Prison.More example sentences
- Letters Bernie Ebbers shed a tear or two as he was sentenced to 25 years in the nick for his part in the financial disaster that was WorldCom.
- And I'm not sure my friend realised that councils have many other ways of getting their council tax and some of them can have far-reaching effects that go beyond a short spell in the nick.
- We'll go and put a picket round the 'ville while they're in the nick.
- 2.1A police station.More example sentences
- Always in these movies the defendant looks cooked, until a last minute witness shows up at the nick, spurred on by ingenious detective work.
- He ought to be retiring to the nick after all the dodgy warrants he signed for Inspector Fiend.
- I'm Sergeant Peter Lees and this is PC Lee Peters from Westing nick.
- 3The junction between the floor and sidewalls in a court for playing tennis or squash.More example sentences
- The second semi final was a played at a furious pace with Victor Berg setting the tone of the game hitting the return of serve into the nick to win the first point.
- Easdon would step in and punish with his volley, either for depth or occasionally guided crosscourt into the nick.
- Then, almost in echo of Beachill's earlier performance, he hit a forehand pickup from the nick into the tin.
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- 1Make a nick or nicks in: he had nicked himself while shavingMore example sentences
- Does that mean that Gillette will have to start making blunter razor blades so they will not be culpable if we nick ourselves shaving?
- And that was ok too, because, who didn't, every once in a while, nick themselves shaving?
- The fake bills might even be nicked or slightly torn.
- 2 (nick someone for) North American • informal Cheat someone of (something, typically a sum of money): he nicked me for fifteen hundred dollarsMore example sentences
- They nicked me for eight grand for a fourteen-month course.
- They nicked me for about $10 when they cashed my check two days before the due date and didn't post it till two days after.
- 3British • informal Steal: he’d had his car nicked by joyridersMore example sentences
- We first see the hero, Jamie, as a violent 18-year-old Gravesend thug who, having nicked a car, runs off with 15-year-old Lynsey.
- Rather than nicking your car stereo, the thief of 2020 will be after your whole digital persona.
- A top Navy Officer was hauled before a court martial yesterday after a laptop packed with military secrets was nicked from his car.
- 3.1Arrest or apprehend (someone): I got nicked for burglaryMore example sentences
- Surely the notoriously humourless Singapore police would nick us all, cane us publicly - our bare, welted bottoms would be splattered all over the Sun…
- So clearly, even under the grotesquely inadequate laws of 2003, the police do not seem to have been significantly impeded in their ability to spot-check ID and nick people.
- I would have nicked him too but there was no room in the police car.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.
Entry from British & World English dictionary
verb[no object, with adverbial of direction] Australian /NZ • informal
late 19th century: probably a figurative use of nick1 in the sense 'to steal'.