Adjective "nicked" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A small cut or notch.
  1. 'Like the old rifles, the rear sight bears a tiny nick of a sighting notch.'
  2. 'Print wear and defects from the source materials are the biggest culprits here, with a fair amount of nicks and blemishes still remaining.'
  3. 'A fair number of nicks and scratches remain as well.'
  4. 'Even if those horns manage a gouge here or a nick there, a matador can always depend on antibiotics to stave off serious complications.'
  5. 'The buckles have a nice feel to them, and they're designed in such a way that the excess strap lies between the buckle, and the PC, thus preventing any nicks and scratches.'
  6. 'It may be blue-worn and carry a bountiful collection of nicks and scratches, because it hasn't spent much time in the dresser drawer.'
  7. 'The grips seem to be impervious to most chemicals found on a gun cleaning table and don't show the nicks and gouges of hard use like wood or other materials.'
  8. 'Handle silver with care to avoid nicks and heavy scratches; knife blades and other metals can do damage if they come in contact with silverware.'
  9. 'The prides came right out of the undergrowth and close enough to the vehicle for the researchers to observe the tiny nicks and scratches that help distinguish one animal from another.'
  10. 'Flippers, armpits, backs, and bellies are often covered with bites; some are large, open, and bleeding, but most are just small nicks and scrapes.'
  1. 'And I'm not sure my friend realised that councils have many other ways of getting their council tax and some of them can have far-reaching effects that go beyond a short spell in the nick.'
  2. 'We'll go and put a picket round the 'ville while they're in the nick.'
  3. 'At the height of the demonstrations we were called up from our South London nick to support the Norfolk guys.'
  4. 'Letters Bernie Ebbers shed a tear or two as he was sentenced to 25 years in the nick for his part in the financial disaster that was WorldCom.'
  5. 'He ought to be retiring to the nick after all the dodgy warrants he signed for Inspector Fiend.'
  6. 'Always in these movies the defendant looks cooked, until a last minute witness shows up at the nick, spurred on by ingenious detective work.'
The junction between the floor and side walls in a squash court or real tennis court.
  1. 'The ball sails again and again into the corner, drawn to the nick as if on an invisible thread.'
  2. 'Ball was up to the challenge and used his low hard drives into the nick to end many rallies of his own.'


Make a nick or nicks in.
  1. 'It appears he was nicked while being cut and it got infected - very badly.'
  2. 'Remove the pan from the oven, take off the lid and gently split the bird's legs away from its body, nicking the skin with a knife as you go.'
  3. 'And if he nicked you bad enough to bleed, he'd dab a bit of toilet paper on his tongue and stick it to the wound!'
  4. 'He had felt the hot sting as the bullet grazed it, and another sting as a piece of broken glass nicked him on the cheek, but paid no attention to the blood as it ran down his face and arm and soaked his clothes.'
  5. 'Instead, Pristine barely dodges it and the sword only nicks her as it comes in between her neck and the strap of her bag, which contains the Crystal of Life.'
  6. 'They held their knives in our faces and I was nicked by one just to the left of my left eye.'
  7. 'He let himself be pressed back toward the door, barely blocking one blow after another, until finally the knight's sword nicked him in the side.'
  8. 'This round though, Clay was more composed as he glided out of the way and began to pump the left jab with enough accuracy to have Cooper nicked by Cooper's right eye.'
  9. 'The fake bills might even be nicked or slightly torn.'
  10. 'If the epidural needle nicks the covering of the spinal cord, there may be a small leak of fluid from around the cord, which can cause a headache when you sit or stand up.'
  1. 'It'll mean that if a fraudster nicks your credit or debit card, it'll be useless practising the signature on it as he'll need to read your mind for the PIN to get anywhere with it.'
  2. 'By nicking nectar and pollen from the native species they deny those insects the opportunity to perform the function of pollination and as a result some plants do not set seed.'
  3. 'Rather than nicking your car stereo, the thief of 2020 will be after your whole digital persona.'
  4. 'In January a Government funded report found that 700,000 phones were nicked last year sparking a crime wave of theft and violence.'
  5. 'A top Navy Officer was hauled before a court martial yesterday after a laptop packed with military secrets was nicked from his car.'
  6. 'She didn't have any money stolen, it was only her identity that was nicked - and apparently that's not a crime.'
  7. 'After about four and a half hours of crab ruining my efforts by nicking my bait, I was starting to get a bit anxious as the tide was coming in.'
  8. 'The Liverpool supporter, it was announced, couldn't make it because his car had been nicked.'
  9. 'Although it claims it is impossible to say exactly how many mobile phones are being nicked it estimates that 700,000 were stolen last year.'
  10. 'Last year, 10,000 mobiles were stolen and two-thirds of those were nicked or robbed from kids.'
  11. 'banks will be nicked for an extra $40 million'
  12. 'They nicked me for about $10 when they cashed my check two days before the due date and didn't post it till two days after.'
Arrest (someone)
  1. 'But he'd just been nicked for ‘recklessly discharging a firearm’ - surely he'd be inside?'
  2. 'You're nicked: A prisoner's eye view of the custody suit to mark the change in the way offenders are charged.'
  3. 'Surely the notoriously humourless Singapore police would nick us all, cane us publicly - our bare, welted bottoms would be splattered all over the Sun…'
  4. 'I would have nicked him too but there was no room in the police car.'


Go quickly or surreptitiously.
  1. 'Entertainment is essential, as this will stop the gamblers in our midst from nicking out every half-an-hour to the bookies next door to bet on every dog and horse race available.'
  2. 'Sometimes I feel like nicking out of the office.'
  3. 'She nicked off at midday feeling mildly exhilarated and trying to ignore the guilt nibbling away at her stomach.'
  4. 'She would have given it a decent burial only the neighbours dog nicked off with the carcass before she could get to it.'
  5. 'Paris falls in love with Menolaus's wife Helen and she nicks off with them back to Troy.'
  6. 'I used to nick off at dinner hour and any spare time to have a chat with the people who were doing the chimneys.'
  7. 'So Janae has told Janelle that Karl has abused her, and then she's nicked off back to Colac while Karl faces the Spanish Inquisition.'
  8. 'Janet nicked off on a one-way flight to Australia, letting her family know where she was one week later.'
  9. 'I'm going to have to nick off now and do a bit more running about like a headless chicken.'
  10. 'He and Esther nicked off before I could get changed and say hi, too.'
  11. 'So are we just here in a mid-point in our earthly lives, trying to attain that all-elusive state of grace so we can happily nick off to Nirvana, or are we here and now and gone tomorrow?'

More definitions

1. a small notch, groove, chip, or the like, cut into or existing in something.

2. a hollow place produced in an edge or surface, as of a dish, by breaking, chipping, or the like: I didn't notice those tiny nicks in the vase when I bought it.

3. a small dent or wound.

4. a small groove on one side of the shank of a printing type, serving as a guide in setting or to distinguish different types.

5. Biochemistry. a break in one strand of a double-stranded DNA or RNA molecule.

6. Briti

More examples(as adjective)

"streets can be nicked."

"people can be nicked."

"mates can be nicked."

"wives can be nicked."

"whiles can be nicked."

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(nick)Late 19th century: probably a figurative use of nick in the sense ‘to steal’.


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