Definition of in the nick of time in English:

in the nick of time

phrase

  • Only just in time.

    ‘the rescue came 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.’
    • ‘Looking back, I think it happened just 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Devon noted the truck stopped just in the nick of time too.’
    • ‘Conveniently, there were other people around, and I was rescued in the nick of time.’
    • ‘The upshot is that the error was fixed, in the nick of time.’
    • ‘Then, just in the nick of time, I read this… and swiftly reconsidered.’
    • ‘Riding bicycles, Hank's agents rescue Arthur and Hank in the nick of time.’
    • ‘Roland, meanwhile, lands in the nick of time to beat the enemy Saracen Sarwegur and save the city and all of France.’
    just in time, not a moment too soon, almost too late, at the critical moment
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