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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Perhaps from nock 'small cut in the end of a bow for the string to fit in' (14-20 centuries)

nick

1 noun
     
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1

in the nick of time

just before it is too late, or just before something bad happens:
Luckily, help arrived in the nick of time.
2

in good nick/in bad nick etc

British English informal in good condition or in bad condition:
It's an old car but it's still in good nick.
3 [countable] a very small cut made on the edge or surface of something
4

the nick

British English informalSCJ a police station

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