The “nicking” option is regarded as a necessary cleansing ritual.
And just like that, we were all back to nicking out in the field.
Proponents compare “nicking” to the ritual of boy circumcision.
It is very useful for slotting sheet brass and tubes, slotting small shafts, nicking screws, etc.
For the young man was nicking him over the shins with the rim of the book cover.
“I can hear it,” muttered Vince, as he kept on nicking; but not a spark took hold of the tinder.
This nicking of swans on the river was formerly a matter of great state.
I says, 'anything from plowing to threshing and nicking a nag's tail,' I says.
The custom of shaving and nicking the head of a fool is very old.
To pile in a number means the nicking of china, and scratching of silver.
"notch, groove, slit," late 15c., nyke, of unknown origin, possibly influenced by Middle French niche (see niche), or from it. Nick of time is first attested 1640s (nick of opportunity is 1610s), possibly from an old custom of recording time as it passed by making notches on a tally stick, though nick in the general sense of "critical moment" is older (1570s, Hanmer, who adds "as commonly we say") than the phrase.
1520s, "to make a notch in," from nick (n.). Sense of "to steal" is from 1869, probably from earlier slang sense of "to catch, take unawares, arrest" (1620s). The precise sense connection is unclear. Related: Nicked; nicking.
nicking nick·ing (nĭk'ĭng)
A localized constriction in blood vessels of the retina of the eye.
nickel bag (1990s+ Narcotics)