be nip and tuck

be nip and tuck

slang To have a very close margin between the competitors in a contest or competition. This race has been nip and tuck, and we won't know who has won until the final vote is counted.
See also: and, nip, tuck
References in classic literature ?
Even as it was, it would be nip and tuck as to who came first to her side.
It will be nip and tuck, and we will have to take our chances when they come.
It's going to be nip and tuck, and could come down to pressure and experience," Graham said.