nip and tuck

adjective or adverb
\ˌnip-ən(d)-ˈtək \

Definition of nip and tuck 

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

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The legislature then adopted the lower court’s maps with a few nips and tucks. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Racial Gerrymanders Rebuked," 25 June 2018 With a few careful nips and tucks to the real story, the film presents Mary as the very first in a long line of moody, macabre young women who have churned their angst into popular horror and fantasy fiction. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Radical author 'Mary Shelley' and an excellent Elle Fanning deserve a more adventurous telling," 24 May 2018 The rear fascia has been nipped and tucked, and Ford has replaced the wide chrome bar with chrome trim accenting the lamps. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Ford Refreshes the Fusion Again and Debuts Co-Pilot360 Safety Package," 20 Mar. 2018 View 6 Photos The front and rear fascias have been nipped and tucked to reflect bits of the latest design language. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz C-class Sedan: Design and Tech from Its Bigger Brothers," 13 Feb. 2018 The front and rear fascias have been nipped and tucked to reflect bits of the latest design language. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-Benz C-class Sedan: Design and Tech from Its Bigger Brothers," 14 Feb. 2018 The Photoshop equivalent app has sent many of its millions of users across China flocking to plastic surgeons for real-life nips and tucks, and given rise to a cottage industry for Internet influencers and management agencies. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Big Data meets Big Brother," 16 Dec. 2017 The paper details doctors’ experience diagnosing and treating a patient who developed a rare but serious condition called fat embolization syndrome shortly after a routine nip and tuck. Health.com, "This Rare but Deadly Complication of Liposuction Almost Killed a Woman. Here's What Doctors Want You to Know," 25 Sep. 2017 By nipping and tucking around the glass, designers have made screens longer, with more usable area. Geoffrey A. Fowler, WSJ, "Android’s Best Smartphones Raise the Bar for the Next iPhone," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of nip and tuck

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

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nip and tuck

of a race or other competition : so close that the lead changes quickly and very often from one person or team to another

nip and tuck

adjective or adverb
\ˌnip-ən-ˈtək \

Kids Definition of nip and tuck

: so close that the lead shifts rapidly from one contestant to another

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