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1‘there was a slight nick half way up the blade’
cut, scratch, abrasion, incision, snick, scrape
notch, chip, score, gouge, gash
flaw, mark, blemish, defect
2‘you'll end up in the nick’
3‘she was down at Lewisham nick, helping police with their enquiries’
police station, station
North American precinct, station house, substation
Indian kotwali, thana
4‘the car's in fairly good nick’
condition, repair, shape, state, state of health, order, working order, form, fettle, trim
1‘I didn't nick my skin even though I shaved quickly’
cut, scratch, abrade, incise, snick, scrape
notch, chip, gouge, gash, score
2‘he says you nicked his wallet’
3‘Steve's been nicked’
‘they arrived in the nick of time’
just in time, not a moment too soon, almost too late, at the critical moment
under the wire
in the Godspeed, in the very nick
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