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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.