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nip and tuck

adv. & adj.
So close that the advantage or lead shifts from one to another and is virtually indeterminable.
n. Informal
A cosmetic surgical procedure in which skin and usually fat are removed and muscle is sometimes tightened to create a slimmer or more youthful appearance.
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nip and tuck

In a state of close competition, with no way of predicting the eventual winner.
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Noun1.nip and tuck - plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your facenip and tuck - plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised; "some actresses have more than one face lift"
nose job, rhinoplasty - cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of your nose
anaplasty, reconstructive surgery - surgery concerned with therapeutic or cosmetic reformation of tissue
Adj.1.nip and tuck - inconclusive as to outcome; close or just even in a race or comparison or competition; "as they approached the finish line they were neck and neck"; "the election was a nip and tuck affair"
inconclusive - not conclusive; not putting an end to doubt or question; "an inconclusive reply"; "inconclusive evidence"; "the inconclusive committee vote"
Adv.1.nip and tuck - even or close in a race or competition or comparison; "the horses ran neck and neck"; "he won nip and tuck"
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nip and tuck

adjective
Nearly equivalent or even:
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nip and tuck

n (inf)
(= cosmetic surgery)Schönheitsoperation f
(esp US) it was nip and tuckdas war eine knappe Sache; to be nip and tuck (in race etc) → Kopf an Kopf liegen; it was nip and tuck as they came up to the finishing linesie lagen vor dem Ziel praktisch auf gleicher Höhe
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References in classic literature ?
Across the open spaces we gained, and in the brush they caught up with us, and more than once it was nip and tuck. And as the chase continued, we realized that we were not their kind, either, and that the bonds between us were anything but sympathetic.
'Bout three months ago my cousin Bud, fourteen year old, was riding through the woods on t'other side of the river, and didn't have no weapon with him, which was blame' foolishness, and in a lonesome place he hears a horse a-coming behind him, and sees old Baldy Shepherdson a-linkin' after him with his gun in his hand and his white hair a-flying in the wind; and 'stead of jumping off and taking to the brush, Bud 'lowed he could out- run him; so they had it, nip and tuck, for five mile or more, the old man a-gaining all the time; so at last Bud seen it warn't any use, so he stopped and faced around so as to have the bullet holes in front, you know, and the old man he rode up and shot him down.
Even as it was, it would be nip and tuck as to who came first to her side.