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“nip and tuck” in British English

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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.

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 side seems to be winning and then the other, so that the result is uncertain:

The election was nip and tuck at first, but then Roberts pulled ahead and won.

(Definition of “nip and tuck” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)