In the Nick of Time

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Just on the right time, on the last minute, late but not too late

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  • The phrase originated many centuries ago. In those days, several documents and accounts were kept in notches which were made into sticks of wood using sharp knives. For example, sticks were notched every time, you have to pay  to merchant with certain amount of money, also in a game after scoring a point,  stick was notched for scoring team. Tally was the word used for that stick, and the notches were called “nicks”. If any team in the last moment of the time snatched a score from the other team, it would have won in the “nick of time”.
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A child was about to slip into a river but he was rescued in the nick of time by a kind man.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'In the Nick of Time':

in the nick of timeAt the last possible moment; at the last minute.
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  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
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    Veena
    Veena
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