Because Taylor Swift used this expression in one of her songs, you have to learn it.
What it means:
If something is done in the nick of time it is done last minute. It could also mean that it was done just in time.
When to use it:
Let’s have a look at some examples.
- A TV game show contestant could answer in the nick of time. The person used all the time available and answered at the last minute.
- You need to go buy bread but are worried the bakery might already be closed. When you arrive just before they close and manage to buy your bread. You got there in the nick of time.
- You had an essay due at midnight for university and sent it at 11h59…You handed in your essay in the nick of time.
Other interesting idioms:
Needle in a haystack – when you are looking for something difficult to find because of the surrounding it is like looking for a needle in a haystack (ex: looking for a particular person in a big crowd).
Nerves of steel – a person with nerves of steel does not get frightened easily.
Never a rose without a prick – it means that something good comes with something bad (ex: you find the perfect job which is very interesting and is well paid but you have a longer commute everyday).
No pain, no gain – Success comes with sacrifices (ex: if you want to lose weight, you have to exercise a lot. No pain, no gain!).
Keep on learning!