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nip and tuck

1. noun A cosmetic surgery procedure, often (but not always) one performed on the face. Many women consider getting a nip and tuck as they age, but I think my wrinkles make me look distinguished.
2. noun A minor change to improve something, often the appearance of something. The house just needs a little nip and tuck before it is ready to go up for sale.
3. adjective Of a contest or competition, having a very close margin between the competitors. This race has been nip and tuck, and we won't know who has won until the final vote is counted.
4. adverb Very closely competing; head-to-head. The two teams went nip and tuck down to the final seconds of the game.
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nip and tuck

Fig. almost even; almost tied. The horses ran nip and tuck for the first half of the race. Then my horse pulled ahead. In the football game last Saturday, both teams were nip and tuck throughout the game.
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nip and tuck

Very close so that the advantage or lead of competitors keeps shifting, as in It was nip and tuck whether they would deal with the bill before Congress adjourned. The precise allusion in this term has been lost. [Early 1800s] Also see neck and neck.
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nip and tuck

INFORMAL
In a competition or contest, if it is nip and tuck, it is impossible to say who will win because both sides are performing equally well. It was nip and tuck throughout as the players struck the ball with equal passion. It was nip-and-tuck from start to finish. Note: One explanation for this expression is that it comes from sword-fighting, where a `nip' is a light touch and a `tuck' a heavier blow. Another is that it comes from horse racing, where it means the same as `neck and neck'.
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nip and tuck

very closely contested; neck and neck.
The phrase, which emerged in the US in the 19th century, probably came from the field of sewing or tailoring.
2002 Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society The rough and tumble Senate race is generally regarded as nip and tuck, likely to be decided by a close margin
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nip and tuck

mod. so close as to be almost the same; neck and neck. They ran nip and tuck all the way to the finish line, but Tom won the race.
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Thanks for the age complex - I'm now booked in for a face lift plus a nip-and-tuck.
In what was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout the contest at Roath Conservative Club on the Broadway, Ely-based Home Guard A, the Combined Cardiff Clubs League champions, won the toss and chose to roll first.
A nip-and-tuck battle up the home straight between Bang And Blame and Classic Capers had given punters full value for money in the marathon event, but it appeared to the naked eye as if the welter burden shouldered by the latter had just taken its toll.
The sides then produced a nip-and-tuck battle before Hall's fierce shot could only be parried by the goalkeeper and, as the ball rolled along the line, Joe Saxton raced in to blast his shot into the unguarded net.
It was nip-and-tuck for a while, though, when considering the personnel blows that occurred in the two weeks leading up to their season opener.
The pair met in a nip-and-tuck game that finished 1-1 after Lee Shephard had cancelled out a Dave Hollis opener for Coalville.
A nip-and-tuck second period saw a try for Richmond by winger Jim Fallon, before two penalties by Catt sent the match into extra time.
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Espejo had 27 attacks and four services aces for the Blue Eagles in a nip-and-tuck affair which saw no team get a commanding lead.
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Although Olinger weighed in with eight points in a nip-and-tuck overtime session it was Taunton who snatched the decisive score.
It was nip-and-tuck all the way through but when Gary Murphy netted Dripsey's second goal, David Buckley pointed to make it 2-10 to 0-10 for the Cork team and the men from Kilkenny were unable to turn it round.
The figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons showed that more men than ever are opting for nip-and-tuck procedures.
Winner of her two previous starts, the daughter of Cape Cross came with her challenge under Jimmy Quinn but found William Knight's Casilda a tough opponent and the pair had a nip-and-tuck battle through the final furlong.