Meaning of NICK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ nɪk ]

( nicks, nicking, nicked)


If someone nicks something, they steal it. ( BRIT INFORMAL )

He smashed a window to get in and nicked a load of silver cups...

= pinch

VERB : V n


If the police nick someone, they arrest them. ( BRIT INFORMAL )

The police nicked me for carrying an offensive weapon...

Keep quiet or we’ll all get nicked.

VERB : V n , get/be V-ed


If you nick something or nick yourself, you accidentally make a small cut in the surface of the object or your skin.

When I pulled out of the space, I nicked the rear bumper of the car in front of me...

He dropped a bottle in the kitchen and nicked himself on broken glass.

VERB : V n , V pron-refl


A nick is a small cut made in the surface of something, usually in someone’s skin.

The barbed wire had left only the tiniest nick just below my right eye.



If you are nicked by someone, they cheat you, for example by charging you too much money. ( AM INFORMAL )

College students already are being nicked, but probably don’t realize it.

= rip off

VERB : be V-ed


Nick is used in expressions such as ‘ in good nick ’ or ‘ in bad nick ’ to describe the physical condition of someone or something. ( BRIT INFORMAL )

His ribs were damaged, but other than that he’s in good nick...

Tom’s house is actually in better nick than mine.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If you say that something happens in the nick of time , you are emphasizing that it happens at the last possible moment.

Seems we got here just in the nick of time...

= just in time

PHRASE : usu PHR after v [ emphasis ]

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