- 1A small cut or notch: a small nick on his wristMore 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: he’ll end up in the nick for the rest of his lifeMore 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: he was being fingerprinted in the nickMore 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 side walls in a squash court or real tennis court.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.
- 2British • informal Steal: she nicked fivers from the tillMore 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.
- 2.1 (nick someone for) North American • informal Cheat someone of (a sum of money): banks will be nicked for an extra $40 millionMore 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 Arrest (someone): Stuart and Dan 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.
in —— nick
- British • informal In a specified condition: you’ve kept the car in good nickMore example sentences
- After a three-week lay off, during which this admirably pleasant man shot the breeze at his third home in Wentworth, taking in cricket at Lord's and tennis at Wimbledon, Els is in decent nick for a serious tilt at the St Andrews Open this week.
- He said: ‘I'm still not in bad nick and think I can play for another two years.’
- I have not scored too many runs for Yorkshire this season but I feel in good nick and once my bowling is back to full speed I am confident I will soon be at my best again.
in the nick of time
- Only just in time: the rescue came in the nick of timeMore 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.
late Middle English: of unknown origin.
verb[no object, with adverbial of direction] Australian /NZ • informal
- 1Go quickly or surreptitiously: they nicked across the roadMore example sentences
- Some were even able to nick up the road to one of the two nearby pubs with few objections unless they returned drunk.
- Sometimes I feel like nicking out of the office.
- Entertainment is essential, as this will stop the gamblers in our midst from nicking out every half-an-hour to the bookies next door to bet on every dog and horse race available.
- 1.1 (nick off) Depart; go away: I got up and got dressed and nicked offMore example sentences
- Around 120 young traceurs, from at least five different time-zones nicked off with their parent's air-miles and hopped on the next plane to London (many kipping on floors) solely to meet and train with the master: Sebastien Foucan.
- Anyway, bails and I went along, had a couple of glasses of free champagne and nicked off just before the speeches started.
- I used to nick off at dinner hour and any spare time to have a chat with the people who were doing the chimneys.
late 19th century: probably a figurative use of nick1 in the sense 'to steal'.