in the nick of time

Definition of in the nick of time


  1. :  just before the last moment when something can be changed or something bad will happen He decided to go just in the nick of time. The ambulance arrived in the nick of time.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  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

  1. :  to jot down :  record

    :  to make a nick in :  notch, chip

    :  to cut into or wound slightly

  1. :  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

    :  leisure

  1. :  to arrange or set the time of :  schedule

    :  to regulate (a watch) to keep correct time

    :  to set the tempo, speed, or duration of

  1. :  of or relating to time

    :  recording time

    :  timed to ignite or explode at a specific moment

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