One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Only just in time.‘the rescue came in the nick of time’
just in time, not a moment too soon, almost too late, at the critical momentView synonyms
- ‘Then, just in the nick of time, I read this… and swiftly reconsidered.’
- ‘The highwayman has been portrayed in films and books as a flamboyant and handsome figure, forever escaping in the nick of time on his trusty steed Black Bess.’
- ‘Roland, meanwhile, lands in the nick of time to beat the enemy Saracen Sarwegur and save the city and all of France.’
- ‘Devon noted the truck stopped just in the nick of time too.’
- ‘Looking back, I think it happened just in the nick of time.’
- ‘Riding bicycles, Hank's agents rescue Arthur and Hank in the nick of time.’
- ‘The upshot is that the error was fixed, in the nick of time.’
- ‘It wasn't a particularly tricky job, the spare part didn't have to be imported from Outer Mongolia and you weren't extremely lucky he caught it in the nick of time.’
- ‘Conveniently, there were other people around, and I was rescued in the nick of time.’
- ‘I was, though, lucky enough to get into a National Guard unit in the nick of time, about a day before I was drafted.’
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