- (used as an exclamation, especially of warning): Nix, the cops!
- to veto; refuse to agree to; prohibit: to nix the project.
Origin of nix1
1780–90; < German: variant of nichts nothing
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Examples from the Web for nixing
Mixner himself went to then California Gov. Ronald Reagan to seek his support in nixing the Briggs Amendment.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
News of the nixing spread to every corner of the Internet, with bloggers and commenters expressing bewilderment at the decision.Kristen Wiig on ‘Girl Most Likely’ and Why She Nixed ‘Bridesmaids 2’
July 18, 2013
Nixing more bills, he effectively argues, is good for the government and, in effect, the people.Romney Ad Spotlights His Vetoes and Labels Santorum a Washington Insider
The Daily Beast
February 18, 2012
And she signed measures banning ethnic studies in public schools and nixing photo radar.The Woman Immigrants Fear
Terry Greene Sterling
June 4, 2010
- another word for no 1 (def. 1)
- be careful! watch out!
- a rejection or refusal
- nothing at all
- (tr) to veto, deny, reject, or forbid (plans, suggestions, etc)
C18: from German, colloquial form of nichts nothing
- German myth a male water sprite, usually unfriendly to humans
C19: from German Nixe nymph or water spirit, from Old High German nihhus; related to Old English nicor sea monster
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Word Origin and History for nixing
"cancel, refuse, forbid," 1903, from nix (n.). Related: Nixed; nixing.
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