nick meaning, nick definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( nicks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( nicking    present participle)   ( nicked    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If someone nicks something, they steal it.  

He smashed a window to get in and nicked a load of silver cups...      V n  
2       verb   If the police nick someone, they arrest them.  
INFORMAL   The police nicked me for carrying an offensive weapon...      V n  
Keep quiet or we'll all get nicked.      get/be V-ed  
3       verb   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...      V n  
He dropped a bottle in the kitchen and nicked himself on broken glass.      V pron-refl  
4       n-count   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.     
5       verb   If you are nicked by someone, they cheat you, for example by charging you too much money.  
(=rip off)  

College students already are being nicked, but probably don't realize it.      be V-ed  
6    Nick is used in expressions such as `in good nick' or `in bad nick' to describe the physical condition of someone or something.  
in good nick/in bad nick      phrase   v-link PHR  
His ribs were damaged, but other than that he's in good nick..., Tom's house is actually in better nick than mine.     
7    If you say that something happens in the nick of time, you are emphasizing that it happens at the last possible moment.  
in the nick of time      phrase   usu PHR after v     (emphasis)    (=just in time)  
Seems we got here just in the nick of time...     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



      vb   chip, cut, damage, dent, mark, notch, scar, score, scratch, snick  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

nick          [2]  
      vb   finger     (slang)   knock off     (slang)   pilfer, pinch     (informal)   snitch     (slang)   steal, swipe     (slang)  

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