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To scuff, scratch, cut, or dent in multiple places the surface of something, especially one that had previously been free of blemishes. A noun or pronoun can be used between "nick" and "up." The movers I hired didn't put down protective padding and nicked up the top of my oak dressing table. Sarah has been nicking the side of my car up driving too close to the bushes next to the driveway when she backs out in the morning. I needed to shave on the flight, but the turbulence kept making me nick my neck up.
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nick something up
to make little dents or nicks in something, ruining the finish. Someone nicked the kitchen counter up. Who nicked up the coffeepot?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.