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English definition of “nip and tuck”

nip and tuck

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If a competition is nip and tuck, first one side seems to be winning and then the other, so that the result is not certain: It was nip and tuck as to who would win the playoffs.Competitions, and parts of competitions
(Definition of nip and tuck from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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