in the nick of time

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1. A shallow notch, cut, or indentation on an edge or a surface: nicks in the table; razor nicks on his chin.
2. Chiefly British Slang A prison or police station.
3. Printing A groove down the side of a piece of type used to ensure that it is correctly placed.
tr.v. nicked, nick·ing, nicks
a. To cut a nick or notch in.
b. To cut into and wound slightly: A sliver of glass nicked my hand.
2. To cut short; check: nicked an impulse to flee.
3. Slang To cheat, especially by overcharging.
4. Chiefly British Slang
a. To steal.
b. To arrest.
in the nick of time
Just at the critical moment; just in time.

[Middle English nik, possibly alteration (influenced by nokke, notch) of niche; see niche.]
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(nik) noun
a small cut. There was a nick in the doorpost.
to make a small cut in something. He nicked his chin while he was shaving.
in the nick of time
at the last possible moment; just in time. He arrived in the nick of time.
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