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Noun: nick  nik
  1. An impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    - dent, ding, gouge
     
  2. A small cut
    - notch, snick
     
  3. [Brit, informal] Condition
    "the house is in very bad nick"
     
  4. [Brit, slang] A prison
    "he's in the nick";
    - jug [Brit, slang], quod [Brit, slang]
Verb: nick  nik
  1. Cut slightly, with a razor
    "The barber's knife nicked his cheek";
    - snick
     
  2. Cut a nick into
    - chip
     
  3. Divide or reset the tail muscles of
    "nick horses"
     
  4. Mate successfully; of livestock
     
  5. [Brit, informal] Take by theft
    - hook [informal], snitch [informal], thieve, cop [informal], knock off [informal], glom [N. Amer, informal], pilfer, cabbage [informal], purloin, pinch [Brit, informal], abstract, snarf [N. Amer, informal], swipe [informal], sneak [informal], filch [informal], nobble [Brit, informal], lift, snatch [informal], whip [Brit, informal], blag [Brit, informal]
     
  6. [Brit, informal] Take into custody
    "the police nicked the suspected criminals";
    - collar [informal], nail [informal], apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab [informal], cop [informal], pinch [Brit, informal]

Derived forms: nicked, nicks, nicking

Type of: alter, blemish, change, clutch, copulate, couple, cut, cutting, defect, mar, mate, modify, pair, prehend [archaic], prison, prison house, rip [N. Amer, informal], rip off [informal], seize, steal

Encyclopedia: Nick, Peter