nip and tuck

adjective or adverb

: being so close that the lead or advantage shifts rapidly from one opponent to another

Examples of nip and tuck in a Sentence

the race was nip and tuck to the very end, with the judges needing to look at photos of the finish three times
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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nip and tuck was in 1832

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“Nip and tuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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nip and tuck

adjective or adverb
: so close that the advantage shifts rapidly from one contestant to another
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