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|Origin:||Nipponese 'Japanese' (19-21 centuries), from Japanese Nippon 'Japan'|
|Origin:||Probably from nipperkin 'small container for alcoholic drink' (17-19 centuries), probably from Dutch or Low German|
the act or result of biting something lightly or pressing something between two fingers, edges, or surfaces:
His dog gave me a painful nip on the leg.
a small amount of strong alcoholic drink
a nip of brandy
coldness in the air
4 American English informal
equally likely to happen or not happen:
We made it to the airport, but it was nip and tuck.
if two competitors are nip and tuck in a race or competition, they are doing equally well [= neck and neck]:
The fourth quarter was nip and tuck, but the Bulls won 92-90.