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definition of the word nick

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nick (plural nicks)

  1. A small cut in a surface
  2. A particular point or place considered as marked by a nick; the exact point or critical moment.
    • By a kind of godsend, Fifty shillings did, in the very nick of time, fall due, or seem to fall due, from one of his Farmers (1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 4, Abbot Hugo)
  3. (UK, slang) A police station or prison
    He was arrested and taken down to Sun Hill nick to be charged. (police station)
    He's just been released from Shadwell nick after doing ten years for attempted murder. (prison)
  4. (cricket) a small deflection of the ball off the edge of the bat, often going to the wicket-keeper for a catch
  5. a shortened form of "nickname"
  6. (UK, slang) Condition
    The car I bought was cheap and in good nick

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