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Meaning of “nip and tuck” in the English Dictionary

"nip and tuck" in British English

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nip and tuck

mainly US If a ​competition is nip and ​tuck, first one ​sideseems 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. If a ​situation is nip and ​tuck, someone or something in that ​situation comes very ​close to ​failing or ​ending: For several ​months it was nip and ​tuck, but we ​managed to ​pull the ​company out of ​bankruptcy.
(Definition of nip and tuck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"nip and tuck" in American English

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nip and tuck

in a ​situation in which one ​sideseems to be ​winning and then the other, so that the ​result is ​uncertain: The ​election was nip and ​tuck at first, but then Roberts ​pulledahead and ​won.
(Definition of nip and tuck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “nip and tuck”
in Chinese (Simplified) (比赛中)势均力敌,不相上下…
in Chinese (Traditional) (比賽中)勢均力敵,不相伯仲…
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