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nick

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of nick

  1. 1 a V-shaped cut usually on an edge or a surface <I made a nick in the frame when I accidentally dropped it> Synonyms chip, hack, indent, indentation, indenture, kerf, notchRelated Words joggle, nock, punch, snip; groove, score, undercut; slit, slot

  2. 2 British slang  a place of confinement for persons held in lawful custody <the blokes at the pub traded stories of nights spent in the nick after having lifted too many pints> Synonyms bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jug, lockup, jail [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]Related Words bull pen, cage, cell, hole, tank; block, ward; glasshouse [British], guardhouse, hulk(s); concentration camp, gulag, labor camp, prison camp, stalag, work camp; dungeon, keep, oubliette; reformatory, reform school, training schoolNear Antonyms outside

  3. 3 British  a state of being or fitness <the princess is in excellent nick these days> Synonyms estate, fettle, form, health, keeping, kilter, condition [British], order, repair, shape, trimRelated Words practice (also practise); pass, phase, stage; footing, picture, posture, scene, status, situation; rank, standingNear Antonyms disorder, disrepair




nick

verb, British slang

Synonyms and Antonyms of nick

  1. 1 to take (something) without right and with an intent to keep <that lorry was a piece of rubbish, I don't know why anyone would want to nick it> Synonyms appropriate, boost [slang], filch, heist, hook, lift, misappropriate, steal [British slang], nip, pilfer, pinch, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, swipe, thieveRelated Words burglarize, knock over, rob; loot, pillage, plunder, sack; carjack, hijack (also highjack); pick, rifle; poach, rustle, shoplift; collar, grab, grasp, nail, seize, snatch, take; mooch, sponge; abduct, kidnap, shanghai, spiritNear Antonyms buy, purchase; bestow, contribute, donate, give, hand over, present

  2. 2 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law <a petty thief who was always getting nicked for picking the pockets of tourists outside Buckingham Palace> Synonyms apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, arrest [British slang], pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seizeRelated Words bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms discharge




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