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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