nip and tuck


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nip \Nip\, n.
   1. A seizing or closing in upon; a pinching; as, in the
      northern seas, the nip of masses of ice.
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   2. A pinch with the nails or teeth.
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   3. A small cut, or a cutting off the end.
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   4. A blast; a killing of the ends of plants by frost.
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   5. A biting sarcasm; a taunt. --Latimer.
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   6. (Naut.) A short turn in a rope.
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   Nip and tuck, a phrase signifying equality in a contest;
      as, it was nip and tuck right to the last minute of play.
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