Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

in the nick of time

in the nick of time
Meaning(s)
1) last possible moment
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    • arrived/got there in the nick of time
  • Analysis
    Something done in the nick of time is done 'just on time' or at the last possible moment. This idiomatic phrase is similar in meaning to'down to the wire' or 'a close call'.  The implication with this expression is that if the action hadn't been carried out on time the consequences would be bad. "We arrived just in the nick of time to see his performance." "I visited the doctor just in the nick of time."
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The train was just about to leave, so we got there in the nick of time!
    2. He arrived just in the nick of time, as the movie had started when he walked in.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We had so many delays on this project we just about delivered it in the nick of time.
    2. I almost missed my flight due to the traffic but I managed to make it to the airport in the nick of time to catch the flight.
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