Synonyms of nick in English:


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See Spanish definition of muesca


1‘there was a slight nick half way up the blade’

cut, scratch, abrasion, incision, snick, scrape
notch, chip, score, gouge, gash
dent, indentation
flaw, mark, blemish, defect

2‘you'll end up in the nick’

prison, jail, penal institution, place of detention, lock-up, place of confinement, guardhouse, detention centre
British young offender institution
North American penitentiary, correctional facility, jailhouse, boot camp, stockade, house of correction
informal the clink, the slammer, inside, stir, the jug, the big house, the brig, the glasshouse
North American informal the can, the pen, the cooler, the joint, the pokey, the slam, the skookum house, the calaboose, the hoosegow
British informal, dated the chokey, bird, quod
historical pound, roundhouse
British historical youth custody centre, approved school, borstal, bridewell
Scottish historical tollbooth
historical bastille
North American historical reformatory

3‘she was down at Lewisham nick, helping police with their inquiries’

police station, station
North American precinct, station house, substation
Indian kotwali, thana
informal cop shop

4‘the car's in fairly good nick’

condition, repair, shape, state, state of health, order, working order, form, fettle, trim


1‘I didn't nick my skin even though I shaved quickly’

cut, scratch, abrade, incise, snick, scrape
notch, chip, gouge, gash, score

2‘he says you nicked his wallet’

steal, purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
embezzle, misappropriate
have one's fingers in the till, have one's hand in the till
informal walk away with, walk off with, run away with, run off with, rob, swipe, nab, rip off, lift, liberate, filch, snaffle, snitch, souvenir
British informal pinch, half-inch, whip, knock off, nobble, bone, scrump, blag
North American informal heist, glom
Australian informal snavel
Australian dated, informal clifty
West Indian informal tief
archaic crib, hook
rare peculate, defalcate
informal walk, go walkies

3‘Steve's been nicked’

arrest, apprehend, take into custody, seize, take in, take prisoner, detain, put in jail, throw in jail
informal pick up, run in, pull in, haul in, cop, bust, nab, nail, do, collar, feel someone's collar
British informal pinch



    in the nick of time

    ‘they arrived in the nick of time’

    just in time, not a moment too soon, almost too late, at the critical moment
    North American informal under the wire
    archaic in the Godspeed, in the very nick