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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.
Translations of “nick”
in Korean 훔치다…
in Arabic يَسرِق…
in French entaille…
in Turkish çalmak, aşırmak, yürütmek…
in Italian fregare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 切割, 刻痕, 缺口…
in Russian стащить, украсть, поймать…
in Polish zwędzić, kraść, przymknąć…
in Spanish muesca, hendedura…
in Portuguese roubar…
in German die Kerbe…
in Catalan pispar…
in Japanese ~を盗む…
in Chinese (Simplified) 切割, 刻痕, 缺口…
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