English Idioms and Slang

Nick – Informal British English

The word NICK has different meanings in British English and it is always informal and slang.
Below we have included some of its uses:

To nick is also an informal way of staying To steal in British English

  • Who nicked my pen? = Who stole my pen?

In good nick / in bad nick = in good (or bad) health or condition (Informal British English)

  • She’s in pretty good nick for an eighty-year-old.
  • Your bike is in bad nick, you should buy another one.

The nick also means jail, prison, police station (cell).

  • He spent last night in the nick.


See also the English Idiom In the nick of time

Have you had anything nicked from you?



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