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English Idiom of the Day – In the Nick of Time

Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 02:01 PM
posted by English with Jo

In the Nick of Time

Just 'in the nick of time' means just at the critical moment; just in time; not too late, but very close!

Example: I got to the pharmacy just in the nick of time.  It's a good thing, because I really need this medicine!

I almost missed the train but I got to the station just in the nick of time.

Did you know...?  A 'nick' was a word that used to refer to  a notch or small cut and was synonymous with precision. Such notches were used on 'tally' sticks to measure or keep score.

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