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nick

noun uk   /nɪk/ us  

nick noun (CUT)

[C] a small cut in a surface or an edge: Apart from a few nicks in the varnish, the guitar is in very good condition.

nick noun (PRISON)

the nick [S] UK slang prison: He's been in the nick half his life.

nick noun (CONDITION)

[U] UK slang a stated condition, especially of health: He's in pretty good nick for a man of his age. The car really is in excellent nick.

nick

verb [T] uk   /nɪk/ us  

nick verb [T] (STEAL)

UK informal to steal something: I've had my bike nicked again. All right, who's nicked my ruler?

nick verb [T] (CATCH)

UK slang If the police nick someone, they catch them for committing a crime: They nicked him for driving at 70 in a 50 speed limit area.

nick verb [T] (CHARGE)

US informal to cheat someone or to charge someone too much money: $50 for a meal like that - we were nicked! If your bank account balance falls below the minimum, you'll be nicked for a $5 service charge.

nick verb [T] (CUT)

to make a small cut in a surface or an edge: Paintwork on the corner of a stairway tends to get nicked and scratched.
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