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nick (plural nicks)

  1. A small cut in a surface.
    1. (now rare) A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment.
      in the nick of time
      • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.20:
        Truely he flies when he is even upon the nicke, and naturally hasteneth to escape it, as from a step whereon he cannot stay or containe himselfe, and feareth to sinke into it.
      • Howell
        to cut it off in the very nick
    2. (printing, dated) A notch cut crosswise in the shank of a type, to assist a compositor in placing it properly in the stick, and in distribution.
      (Can we find and add a quotation of W. Savage to this entry?)
  2. Meanings connoting something small.
    1. (cricket) A small deflection of the ball off the edge of the bat, often going to the wicket-keeper for a catch.
    2. (real tennis) The point where the wall of the court meets the floor.
    3. (genetics) One of the single-stranded DNA segments produced during nick translation.
  3. (archaic) A nixie, or water-sprite.
    • 1879, Viktor Rydberg, The Magic of the Middle Ages (p.201)
      [] imps, giants, trolls, forest-spirits, elves and hobgoblins in and on the earth; nicks, river-sprites in the water, fiends in the air, and salamanders in the fire.
  4. Short for nickname.
    a user's reserved nick on an IRC network
  5. (UK, slang) In the expressions in bad nick and in good nick: condition.
    The car I bought was cheap and in good nick.
  6. (UK, slang) A police station or prison.
    He was arrested and taken down to Sun Hill nick [police station] to be charged.
    He's just been released from Shadwell nick [prison] after doing ten years for attempted murder.

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nick (third-person singular simple present nicks, present participle nicking, simple past and past participle nicked)

  1. (transitive) To make a nick or notch in; to cut or scratch in a minor way.
    I nicked myself while I was shaving.
    1. To make a cross cut or cuts on the underside of (the tail of a horse, in order to make the animal carry it higher).
    2. (transitive) To mar; to deface; to make ragged, as by cutting nicks or notches in.
      • Prior
        And thence proceed to nicking sashes.
      • Shakespeare
        The itch of his affection should not then / Have nicked his captainship.
  2. To suit or fit into, as by a correspondence of nicks; to tally with.
    • Camden
      Words nicking and resembling one another are applicable to different significations.
    1. To hit at, or in, the nick; to touch rightly; to strike at the precise point or time.
      • L'Estrange
        The just season of doing things must be nicked, and all accidents improved.
    2. To throw or turn up (a number when playing dice); to hit upon.
      • 1773, Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer:
        My old luck: I never nicked seven that I did not throw ames ace three times following.
    3. (transitive, cricket) to hit the ball with the edge of the bat and produce a fine deflection
  3. (obsolete) To nickname; to style.
    • Ford
      For Warbeck, as you nick him, came to me.
  4. (transitive, slang) To steal.
    Someone's nicked my bike!
  5. (transitive, UK, slang) To arrest.
    The police nicked him climbing over the fence of the house he'd broken into.

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nick

  1. Imperative singular of nicken.
  2. (colloquial)First-person singular present of nicken.

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nick

  1. nothing

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nick c

  1. nod (movement of the head to indicate agreement)
  2. header (in football)
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From the English nickname

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nick n

  1. (slang) nick, nickname
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