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 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, "Frenzied fundraising for ballot fights kicks off," 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, "Florence, Grissom meet in must-win game in Class 7A, Region 4 race," 22 Oct. 2020 All of this year’s iPhones had a little nip and tuck along the edges. Washington Post, "IPhone 12 first look: What’s tempting, and what Apple failed to mention," 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,, "Saving a national treasure: Presidio Trust tightens belt for rocky future," 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, "Unmatched: Battle of Legends," 14 Dec. 2019 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

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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 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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