nick

A nick is a tiny cut or scratch. Your neighbor might be so proud and protective of his brand new car that even a nick in its paint would be deeply upsetting to him.

To make a nick is also to nick: you might accidentally nick your dog when you're cutting tangles and mats out of her fur, or nick yourself when you're gathering up pieces of a broken glass in the sink. Informally, you also nick someone when you cheat them out of some cash or nick something when you steal it. If help arrives "in the nick of time," it comes at the very last possible second.

Primary Meanings of nick

1.
nv
a small cut
cut a nick into
2.
v
divide or reset the tail muscles of
3.
v
mate successfully; of livestock
4.
n
(British slang) a prison
Full Definitions of nick
1

n a small cut

Synonyms:
notch, snick
Type of:
cut, cutting
the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge

n an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)

Synonyms:
dent, ding, gouge
Types:
dig
a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

v cut a nick into

Synonyms:
chip
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut slightly, with a razor

“The barber's knife nicked his cheek”
Synonyms:
snick
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument
2

v divide or reset the tail muscles of

nick horses”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
3

v mate successfully; of livestock

4

n (British slang) a prison

“he's in the nick
Type of:
prison, prison house
a correctional institution where persons are confined while on trial or for punishment

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