"A cry of anguish ascended to high heavens," reported Business Week in 1933, "when millions of white-collar workers discovered that they had been nicked for a considerable percentage of their earnings when J. P. Morgan and partners had paid no income tax at all."—Cynthia Crossen
There are a couple of nicks on the painting.
His face was covered with nicks and cuts after shaving.
She spent a night in the nick.
an economy in bad nickVerb
He was nicked on the shoulder by a bullet.
She was nicked for the theft.
I nicked a couple of cars when I was younger. See More
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This can damage the blade and lead to nicks or chips.—Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 The flexible, pivoting blades can contour to the head and neck for a close shave without worrying about any potential nicks.—Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2023 The wooden cover is blighted with nicks and scratches, so much so that the rudimentary mountain goat logo is difficult to make out.—Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Aug. 2023 There are two lubricating strips, five blades spaced close together to help prevent nicks and a pivoting ball on the head moves along with the contours of your body and shaves hard to reach areas.—Garrett Munce, Men's Health, 24 July 2023 Meanwhile, an additional trimmer works to feed hair into the cutter, and a skin guard protects against nicks.—Jack Byram, Health, 5 July 2023 Keep in Mind The polycarbonate material can get nicks and scratches easily.—Kaitlyn McInnis, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 June 2023 Electric shavers have a leg up on producing a more polished top without getting any cuts, nicks, ingrown hairs or irritation, though manual razors offer a closer, smoother shave.—Joseph Cheatham, Men's Health, 11 June 2023 Shaving cream, hair conditioner, and body wash will help the razor glide smoothly over your skin and prevent nicks, cuts, and scrapes.—Heather L. Brannon, Md, Verywell Health, 22 Mar. 2023
Wilson’s Volvo has exploded and is in flames in a motel parking lot, a Popeye and Brutus salt-and-pepper shaker purchased (or nicked) earlier is in pieces nearby.—Lisa Tozzi, Rolling Stone, 27 Aug. 2023 To the southwest in Virginia, Charlottesville could nick 100 degrees, surpassing the record of 94.—Matthew Cappucci, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2023 If a hitter nicks a borderline pitch to extend an at-bat, that may say more about the pitcher than the hitter.—Zach Buchanan, New York Times, 28 July 2023 Both players were nicked up earlier this week, but participated in the walkthrough session on Wednesday.—Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2023 In 2011, Sweden nicked the U.S. 2-1 in Germany, in the group stage.—Sean Gregory, Time, 3 Aug. 2023 The Sox righthander entered the sixth inning having retired seven consecutive batters before Marco Luciano, the Giants top shortstop prospect who was recently called up, scalded a single which nicked off the glove of Rafael Devers, who was playing in at third.—Julian McWilliams, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2023 The Yankees’ Carlos Rodón — as a member of the White Sox in 2021 — lost his attempt when a slider nicked the top of a batter’s shoe in the ninth inning.—Tyler Kepner, New York Times, 29 June 2023 Though frequently nicked up, he’s been a more durable player than Barkley if not quite the dynamic talent.—Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 19 June 2023 See More
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Middle English nyke, probably alteration of nocke nock