Definition of in the nick of time
- He decided to go just in the nick of time.
- The ambulance arrived in the nick of time.
: a small notch, groove, or chip
: a small cut or wound
: a break in one strand of two-stranded DNA caused by a missing phosphodiester bond
: to jot down : record
: to make a nick in : notch, chip
: to cut into or wound slightly
: the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues : duration
: a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future
: to arrange or set the time of : schedule
: to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time
: to set the tempo, speed, or duration of
: of or relating to time
: recording time
: timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment
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