nip and tuck

adjective or adverb
\ ˌnip-ən(d)-ˈtək How to pronounce nip and tuck (audio) \

Definition of nip and tuck

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

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Examples of nip and tuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Music Center gets a nip and tuck, and a critic visits a half-empty LACMA. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: The impenetrable Music Center gets an accessible new look," 24 Aug. 2019 Kureck and his partner, Doug Jones, dug in, not for a simple nip and tuck but full-on reconstructive surgery. Robert Ruffino, House Beautiful, "Everything In This Gorgeous Beach House Is Waterproof," 28 June 2019 His chestnut mop turned a luxuriant white long ago, but a few nips and tucks make his actual age — 68 — hard to discern. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 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

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First Known Use of nip and tuck

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Nip and tuck.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nip%20and%20tuck. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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nip and tuck

adjective
How to pronounce nip and tuck (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of nip and tuck

US, 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 How to pronounce nip and tuck (audio) \

Kids Definition of nip and tuck

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

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