nick / nik/ • n. 1. a small cut or notch.2. (the nick) Brit., inf. prison. ∎ a police station.3. the junction between the floor and sidewalls in a court for playing tennis or squash.• v. [tr.] 1. make a nick or nicks in: he had nicked himself while shaving.2. (nick someone for) inf. cheat someone of (something, typically a sum of money): he nicked me for fifteen hundred dollars.3. Brit., inf. steal: he'd had his car nicked by joyriders. ∎ arrest or apprehend (someone): I got nicked for burglary.PHRASES: in the nick of time only just in time.