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

Examples of nip and tuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that’s somewhat literal because this edition includes several cuts of the film that emerged over an insane postproduction that forced Scott and his team to nip and tuck at the entire film. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2021 As draft language of the bill made its way through Congress, lawmakers friendly to billionaires and their lobbyists were able to nip and tuck and stretch the bill to accommodate a variety of special groups. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, 12 Aug. 2021 The scenes of Deborah at a spa, recovering from a routine nip and tuck, brought to mind Phyllis Diller, who was revolutionarily transparent about her own cosmetic procedures. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 That state has been awarded to Trump, but several such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin are nip and tuck, and lawyers are expected to be tapped in each by both sides. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 4 Nov. 2020 The Sparkman game was nip and tuck until the Senators (4-4) pulled away in the second half to win 28-14. al, 22 Oct. 2020 All of this year’s iPhones had a little nip and tuck along the edges. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2020 Rather than nip and tuck and hope for the best, trust officials decided that a pragmatic if drastic belt-tightening will be the best way to face the future. John King,, 7 May 2020 Those designs were given a few nips and tucks, a couple of injections of Botox, and a new wardrobe. Charlie Theel, Ars Technica, 14 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of nip and tuck

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Nip and tuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of nip and tuck

: 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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