nick (one) for (something)

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nick (one) for (something)

To cheat or swindle one out of something, especially money. The crooked mayor reportedly nicked taxpayers for nearly $1 million during his time in public office. Because they have a near-monopoly in the concert distribution market, the company is able to nick customers for all sorts of bogus extra charges that they add in at the last second.
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nick someone for

cheat someone out of something, typically a sum of money. North American informal
1962 Washington Daily News Taxpayers… have heard rumblings that they might be nicked for about a million dollars each year to subsidize professional sports here.
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Aside from the ridiculousness and nastiness of this rule, in practical terms, couldn't it also be encouraging grown-ups who don't have a kid to hand, to nick one for a couple of hours so they can enjoy a falconry display or two?