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nick (1) British English

Meaning: to steal something

For example:

  • I left my bike in front of the bank while I went inside to pay some bills. When I came back out it was gone. Some bastard had nicked it!

  • Did you ever nick money from your mum's purse when you were a kid?

Note: This word is usually used for minor thefts by kids or petty criminals, not major thefts by professional criminals or corrupt politicians, government officials and businessmen.

Variety: This slang is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If your laptop computer has been nicked, you should
  1. have it repaired
  2. tell the police
  3. buy more memory

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