in the nick of time

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - in the nick of time

"in the nick of time"

at the last possible moment;

just in time


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - in the nick of time

Two coworkers are talking ...

Coworker 1:  Did you manage to get that order out on time yesterday?

Coworker 2:  It was touch and go making the five o'clock pick-up deadline but we managed to have the order ready at one minute to five.

Coworker 1:  So just in the nick of time, then?

Coworker 2:  Yes, under the wire.


Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - in the nick of time

Two friends are talking in a theater ...

Friend 1:  I didn't think you were going to make it.

Friend 2:  Traffic was terrible, sorry.

Friend 1:  Well, you've made it in the nick of time. The house lights are dimming and the play is just about to start.

in the nick of time - Usage:


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in the nick of time - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for in the nick of time.

in the nick of time - Examples:

1)  ... sealed and delivered) and Credit Card payment done. Made it just in the nick of time to make the April 15 CA riding.

2)  Finally -- and I won't say "just in the nick of time" since it's already way too late as far as I am ...

3)  ... she grabbed it with her own bare hands in the nick of time, as it was about to slide off the plate and onto the ...

4)  ... you race down to the airport to catch them just in the nick of time and stop them from leaving.

5)  ... we made it back to Hoboken and finished getting ready just in the nick of time to stay on her schedule.

6)  ... the stone crumbled underneath Zuko's feet and he plummeted down, but in the nick of time, he was saved from death by Aang.

7)  Your wonderful words of wisdom just came my way and just in the nick of time when I was loosing faith in people during this holiday time.

8)  ... allows more businesses to deliver more goods to more businesses more in the nick of time which promotes efficiency and combats waste in the production chain.

9)  ... the Grand Duke would flee the Belweder, just in the nick of time, at the very opening of the November 1830 Uprising, escaping the ...

10)  Left to rot on an estuary, the ship was rescued in the nick of time from becoming scrap and was painstakingly restored.

11)  The new funds arrived just in the nick of time.

12)  ... as he makes his way to work just in the nick of time!

13)  ... and that they just manage to save themselves in the nick of time by avoiding or escaping from the phobic situation.

14)  He shuts down the system in the nick of time, and the explosion is contained.

15)  I was just putting my hands to my face when, in the nick of time, the lady opposite me held an empty plastic bag under my nose.

16)  We then see Borden swoop in in the nick of time to save the life of his daughter.

17)  Making it to hospital just in the nick of time, the new mum was in a state of shock.

18)  For the doctor who removes our appendix in the nick of time, we shower him with thanks.

19)  ... an 8:25 plane (domestic flight to Shanghai) and reached it just in the nick of time. Therefore be early.

20)  Not that it very much matters, because some one always turns up in the nick of time to help us out of our scrapes.