Closely contested; neck and neck: “It was nip and tuck there for a while, but our team finally pulled through.”
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How to use nip and tuck in a sentence
They saw the light years ago and now many do a healthy nip-and-tuck business, especially on noses.
But did she really deserve all the nip-and-tuck hate-tweeting?Should We Give Kim Novak a Break on the Oscar Plastic Surgery Hate-Tweeting? | Lizzie Crocker | March 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I knew right off it was a nip-and-tuck race, with the chances in favor of a man called Pringle getting nipped.Motor Matt's Mystery | Stanley R. Matthews
I pulled several gurgling dogs from their water-filled holes, each of them making nip-and-tuck efforts to climb out.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
It was nip-and-tuck for the first half of that third period, with neither team making headway and the ball in air half the time.Left Half Harmon | Ralph Henry Barbour
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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