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nick (2) British English

Meaning: to arrest somebody

For example:

  • Billy was caught speeding on his motorbike. It's his second offence, so if he gets nicked again he'll lose his licence.

  • Our neighbours were nicked last night for selling illegal drugs. We used to see lots of people going in and out, but we had no idea they were dealing in drugs.

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

Quick Quiz:

When Colin was on holiday in Spain, he was nicked by
  1. a Spanish thief
  2. the Spanish police
  3. his Spanish girlfriend

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