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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
it was nip and tuck
▪ We made it to the airport, but it was nip and tuck.
▪ Grandmother's portrait had been there before but was tucked away now in an alcove in the dining-room.
▪ A handsome pin tucked away in the jewelry box on my dresser is testimony to this accomplishment.
▪ Tiny baskets of cherries are tucked away in the display, an idea popular in Victorian times.
▪ Oh yet, it was tucked away in a cupboard, and was immobile and almost unplayable!
▪ The stage is tucked away like a box in the wall.
▪ Foldaway slippers for the flight are tucked away in a holdall with disposable nappies and sick tablets.
▪ Cappellini's elegant showroom was tucked away in Via Statuto.
▪ It's tucked away in the woods behind the hills.
▪ Robyn sat on the floor by the fire, with her plate on her lap, and tucked in.
▪ I wondered if there might be a pickled heart tucked in among all the livers, kidneys, and spleens.
▪ The campaign, spearheaded by a trendy rap video, is to persuade the other five million to tuck in alongside them.
▪ You know, like acrobats do, head tucked in and roll over.
▪ We were tucking in to our makeshift breakfast when there came a cry from the adjoining cubicle.
▪ Tilt the pelvis to keep your tummy and bottom tucked in.
▪ Your fish are safely tucked up at home - but then you see the fish of your dreams on some foreign shore.
▪ They're all safely tucked up in Hackney.
▪ But when you know that she's safely tucked up in bed, you come out with a towel around you.
▪ He swills it down at times; of course, on the quiet, after Great-gran's safely tucked up in bed.
▪ They're all safely tucked up in Hackney.
▪ Fluorescent lighting was now tucked up against the high ceilings, throwing down illumination too diffuse to satisfy.
▪ John is tucked up at home: they want to talk about him.
▪ In came a man whose robe was tucked up in his belt and who held his sandals in his hand.
▪ Every time she was about to put a foot on the floor she suddenly found herself tucked up under the bedclothes again.
▪ She sets the telephone close, she tucks up the covers.
▪ He could see it now, tucked up in a cassette case.
▪ At about midnight when all the children were tucked up in bed we visited the Grotto.
▪ Several magazines were tucked under her arm.
▪ She tucked one arm inside the life vest, steering with the other.
▪ As the skaters skated, they sometimes tucked one arm into the small of their backs.
▪ He grabbed a full bottle of wine out of a silver cooler and tucked it under his arm.
▪ Leaving the hotel, Edward tucked her arm through his and held her close as they walked briskly along the cliff path.
▪ Used to tuck it under her arm.
▪ When he held it out Ordai took it one-handed, folding it awkwardly before tucking it under his arm.
▪ Now jump into bed so I can tuck you in.
▪ The bed was tucked modestly into a corner of the room.
▪ The bed, tucked in under the corner where the roof sloped down, looked small and safe.
▪ A comprehensive white linen napkin was tucked under his chin.
▪ Kathy tucked her chin into the life vest, closed her eyes.
▪ As she tucked in her hair and observed herself critically in the mirror she sang a song.
▪ He tucks my hair behind my ears and kisses me, lightly, on the cheek.
▪ She had tucked her hair behind her ears and she looked like an orphaned boy.
▪ Mr Prager was tucking her hair up under the edges of the hat.
▪ She smiled into the old mirror and tucked a strand of hair into the loose bun that she wore.
▪ Marge sat down on the window seat, and tucked her hair into the bandanna.
▪ She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear.
▪ Wear the hats, and tuck your hair in all round.
▪ Kim shakes my hand and tucks her briefcase behind the door.
▪ She was standing on tiptoe with her hands tucked into the folds of her white jellaba.
▪ Steven opened the newspaper with one hand while he tucked into the beef stew with the other.
▪ A few minutes later she pulled back her hands and tucked them between her legs.
▪ Next to Whalen, Bill Stultz stood silently, one hand tucked in his pants pocket.
▪ A covey of teenage girls strolled by, their hands tucked into their back pockets.
▪ You know, like acrobats do, head tucked in and roll over.
▪ She stood there with her head tucked against her left shoulder, one hand raised in blank surprise.
▪ She stopped briefly, pulled her sash free and put it over her head, tucking her hair under it.
▪ Wilson instinctively tucked her own swollen legs more securely under her gown and covered her enormous belly protectively with her arms.
▪ A few minutes later she pulled back her hands and tucked them between her legs.
▪ He then tucked the legs under her body.
▪ She noticed him staring, shifted position, tucking her legs under so she seemed to move closer.
▪ Another showed her on top of a mantelpiece with Lord Byron's bust tucked cosily between her legs.
▪ She kept shifting around, tucking now one leg under her and now the other.
▪ There was a credit-card slip stapled to the receipt and I tucked both in my pocket for later inspection.
▪ A covey of teenage girls strolled by, their hands tucked into their back pockets.
▪ I tore off two of the plastic gloves and tucked them in a pocket.
▪ Stephen tucked in his shirt and did up his trousers with a smile.
▪ I put an arm around him and tucked his shirt into his pants.
▪ Stevens, tuck your shirt in!
▪ He gave the piece one last look before tucking it under his shirt.
▪ Simon, by contrast, is cool, any pre-opening anxieties tucked inside the Elvis shirt and beneath his baseball cap.
▪ Abstractedly he fastened buttons and tucked in his shirt.
▪ She tucked her ivory satin shirt tighter into the waistband of her fawn moleskin trousers.
nip and tuck
▪ The fourth quarter was nip and tuck, but the Bulls won 92-90.
▪ It was nip and tuck up to 7-7 before Best opened up a 12-9 lead.
▪ Rab won the first game; nip and tuck, not much in it; to lose the next.
▪ He tucked the newspaper under his arm and walked on.
▪ It was starting to get cold, and she tucked her hands into the pockets of her jeans.
▪ The boys were tucked in bed, fast asleep.
▪ A few minutes later she pulled back her hands and tucked them between her legs.
▪ Fluorescent lighting was now tucked up against the high ceilings, throwing down illumination too diffuse to satisfy.
▪ Gyggle steepled his freckled fingers and tucked them under a tier of the beard.
▪ Here and there a grey farmhouse or cottage was tucked into a hollow.
▪ Luch slept quietly on a pallet in the corner, her sore arm bandaged, her baby tucked safe beside her.
▪ The problem if you tuck for too many rows is that the needle just can not hold that many loops of yarn.
▪ We were tucking in to our makeshift breakfast when there came a cry from the adjoining cubicle.
▪ To knit single bed tuck and slip stripes, the yarn goes in feeder 1 of the YC6 colour changer sinker plate.
▪ This is one of the oddities of double bed tuck.
▪ All needles on one bed tuck for one row, while all needles on the opposite bed knit in the same row.
▪ Next time, we shall be looking more closely at double bed tuck patterns and their variations.
▪ The first time I came across the problem I was knitting a tuck stitch sweater.
▪ You can also create a lovely effect by using tuck stitch with plating.
▪ Or you could try the simple tuck stitch pattern from the photographed card.
▪ Pattern No. 12-36 knitted as tuck stitch with the No. 3 switch on.
▪ It is possible to knit this stitch on Brother machines because there are two buttons for slip and tuck stitch.
▪ For a full needle tuck stitch garment then you can choose between a full needle rib or a 2x1 setting.
▪ It can be used for stocking stitch, tuck stitch or jacquard.
▪ There are some basic rules for tuck stitch.
▪ Experiment with a range of tuck designs.
▪ Kirov the tailor put a last quick tuck in position and stepped back to appraise his workmanship.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tuck \Tuck\, n.

  1. A horizontal sewed fold, such as is made in a garment, to shorten it; a plait.

  2. A small net used for taking fish from a larger one; -- called also tuck-net.

  3. A pull; a lugging. [Obs.] See Tug.
    --Life of A. Wood.

  4. (Naut.) The part of a vessel where the ends of the bottom planks meet under the stern.

  5. Food; pastry; sweetmeats. [Slang]
    --T. Hughes.


Tuck \Tuck\, v. i. To contract; to draw together. [Obs.]


Tuck \Tuck\, n. [F. estoc; cf. It. stocco; both of German origin, and akin to E. stock. See Stock.] A long, narrow sword; a rapier. [Obs.]

He wore large hose, and a tuck, as it was then called, or rapier, of tremendous length.
--Sir W. Scot.


Tuck \Tuck\, n. [Cf. Tocsin.] The beat of a drum.


Tuck \Tuck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tucked; p. pr. & vb. n. Tucking.] [OE. tukken, LG. tukken to pull up, tuck up, entice; akin to OD. tocken to entice, G. zucken to draw with a short and quick motion, and E. tug. See Tug.]

  1. To draw up; to shorten; to fold under; to press into a narrower compass; as, to tuck the bedclothes in; to tuck up one's sleeves.

  2. To make a tuck or tucks in; as, to tuck a dress.

  3. To inclose; to put within; to press into a close place; as, to tuck a child into a bed; to tuck a book under one's arm, or into a pocket.

  4. [Perhaps originally, to strike, beat: cf. F. toquer to touch. Cf. Tocsin.] To full, as cloth. [Prov. Eng.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "to pull or gather up," earlier "to pluck, stretch" (implied in tucker "one who finishes clothes by stretching them on tenters, late 13c. as a surname), probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch tucken "pull up, draw up, tug" (cognate with Old English tucian "mistreat, torment," and related to Old English togian "to pull," German zucken; see tow (v.)). Sense of "thrust into a snug place" is first recorded 1580s. Slang meaning "to consume, swallow, put into one's stomach" is recorded from 1784. Related: Tucked; tucking.


late 14c., "flattened fold in clothing, pleat," from tuck (v.). As a folded-up diving position, from 1951.


Etymology 1 n. 1 An act of '''tucking'''; a pleat or fold. (From late 14thC.) 2 (context sewing English) A fold in fabric that has been stitched in place from end to end, as to reduce the overall dimension of the fabric piece. 3 A curled position. 4 (context medicine surgery English) A plastic surgery technique to remove excess skin. 5 (context music piano when playing scales on piano keys English) The act of keeping the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb. 6 (context diving English) A curled position, with the shins held towards the body. vb. 1 (lb en transitive) To pull or gather up (an item of fabric). (From 14thc.) 2 (lb en transitive) To push into a snug position; to place somewhere safe or somewhat hidden. (From 1580s.) 3 (lb en intransitive often with "in" or "into") To eat; to consume. (From 1780s.) 4 (lb en ergative) To fit neatly. 5 To curl into a ball; to fold up and hold one's legs. 6 To sew folds; to make a tuck or tucks in. 7 To full, as cloth. 8 (lb en LGBT of a drag queen, transwoman, etc.) To conceal one’s genitals, as with a gaff or by fastening them down with adhesive tape. 9 (lb en when playing scales on piano keys) To keep the thumb in position while moving the rest of the hand over it to continue playing keys that are outside the thumb. Etymology 2

n. (context archaic English) A rapier, a sword. Etymology 3

n. The beat of a drum. Etymology 4

n. food, especially snack food.

  1. n. eatables (especially sweets)

  2. (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest

  3. a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place

  4. a straight sword with a narrow blade and two edges [syn: rapier]

  1. v. fit snugly into; "insert your ticket into the slot"; "tuck your shirtail in" [syn: insert]

  2. make a tuck or several folds in; "tuck the fabric"; "tuck in the sheet"

  3. draw fabric together and sew it tightly [syn: gather, pucker]


Tuck may refer to:

Tuck (nickname)

Tuck is a nickname of:

  • Everett E. Kelly (1898-1983), American college football player
  • James McIntyre (footballer) (1863-1943), Scottish footballer
  • George Tucker Tuck Stainback (1911-1992), American Major League Baseball player
  • Thomas Syme (1928-2011), British ice hockey player
  • George Tuck Turner (1866-1945), American Major League Baseball player
Tuck (surname)

Tuck is a surname, borne by many people and institutions.

The name is related to Tucker and Tooke.

Tuck is a masculine name and sometimes nickname given to someone bearing the name of Tucker and also surprisingly, Devin or Devon in many countries around the world. The English surname Tuck is of patronymic origin, being one of those names that was based on the first name of the father. During the Middle Ages when the systems of surnames first developed, it was inevitable that children in the community would be known by their father’s name. In this case the name literally means “The son of Toke” Toke being a medieval personal name. In the Domesday Book of 1086 this first name was more generally rendered as Toka, hence this document mentions a “liber homo Stingandi Toka Francigine” (Toka the Frenchman) Records of this surname in England date back to the fourteenth century. The poll tax returns of Yorkshire, for example, mention a Thomas Tuke and a Johannes Tokson. In 1526 the Registers of the University of Oxford refer to one of their students as “Nicholas Toke, or Tocke, or Tuke which clearly indicates the various ways in which this surname can be rendered.

Tuck is also linked further back than the fourteenth century as originating from Nordic, Icelandic and other primitive island countries. This name has many variations through many different cultures that began between the 15th and 16th century. Included are Tuke, Tucka, Toke and Tuske. However, Tuck was primarily a name that began in Viking royalty and what was commonly referred to then as Cosmater as one of the last known Nordic leaders before the disbandment in 1372 A.D. Reaching the medieval periods in England it became more common as travel became less useful to the Nordic. Most of the remaining Nordic travelers found settlement in the English provinces and ended the Cosmatsership. Currently, the name Tuck has been expanded primarily into the common surname Tucker.

People with the surname include:

  • Adolph Tuck (1854–1926), British fine art publisher
  • Al Tuck (born 1966), Canadian songwriter and folksinger
  • Amos Tuck (1810–1879), American politician and a founder of the Republican Party
  • Amy Tuck (born 1963), American politician
  • Anthony Tuck (born 1940), English historian
  • Arthur Tuck (1901–1979), American track and field athlete who won the Oregon state high school track and field championship single-handedly
  • Chris Tuck (born 1966), American politician
  • Dick Tuck (born 1924), American former political consultant, campaign strategist, advance man and political prankster
  • Donald H. Tuck (1922–2010), Australian bibliographer
  • Edward Tuck (1842–1938), American banker and philanthropist
  • Ernie Tuck (1939–2009), Australian applied mathematician
  • Frank Tuck (born 1931), former Australian rules footballer
  • Gary Tuck (born 1954), American baseball former player and coach
  • George Tuck (1882–1954), American college basketball player
  • Horace Tuck (1876–1951), British painter
  • James Tuck (archaeologist), Canadian archaeologist
  • James Tuck (cricketer) (1853–1918), English cricketer
  • James L. Tuck (1910–1980), British physicist
  • James Tuck (Canadian football) (born 1990), Canadian football player
  • Jay Tuck (born 1945), American journalist, television producer and author
  • Jessica Tuck (born 1963), American actress
  • Justin Tuck (born 1983), American football player
  • Lily Tuck (born 1938), American novelist and short story writer
  • Marie Tuck (1866–1947), Australian artist and art educator
  • Matthew Tuck, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist in the Welsh heavy metal band Bullet for My Valentine
  • Michael Tuck (born 1953), Australian rules footballer
  • Morgan Tuck (born 1994), American college basketball player
  • Raphael Tuck (1910–1982), British Labour politician, academic and lawyer
  • Robert Stanford Tuck (1916–1987), British Second World War fighter ace and test pilot
  • Ruth Tuck (1914–2008), Australian painter
  • Shane Tuck (born 1981), Australian rules footballer, son of Michael Tuck, brother of Travis Tuck
  • Stuart Tuck (born 1975), English footballer
  • Travis Tuck (born 1987), Australian rules footballer, son of Michael Tuck
  • Travis Tuck (sculptor) (1943-2002), American metal sculptor
  • Somerville Pinkney Tuck (1891-1967), American diplomat
  • Wayne Tuck, Jr., Canadian curler
  • William George Tuck (1900–1999), English watercolourist
  • William M. Tuck (1896–1983), American politician
Tuck (sewing)

In sewing, a tuck is a fold or pleat in fabric that is sewn in place.

Small tucks, especially multiple parallel tucks, may be used to decorate clothing or household linens. When the tucks are very narrow, they are called pintucks or Pin-tucking.

Tucks are also used to shorten a finished garment, especially a child's garment, so that it may be lengthened ("let down") as the child grows by removing the stitching holding the tuck in place.

In Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Amy says:

Tucks, made easy with the invention of the sewing machine, were very popular as ornamentation in the latter half of the 19th century, especially in fine linen or cotton fabric for chemisettes, engageantes, blouses, lingerie, summer dresses, and children's garments. Tucks were also used to decorate heavier fabrics: a travelling suit of "rough cheviot" (sturdy wool) is described as having its skirt "tucked, each tuck two inches wide and two inches apart, eight tucks in all, box-pleating at the bottom."

Usage examples of "tuck".

Tuck looked to Abo, who seemed satisfied that the chief was backing him up.

Round the corner of the narrow street there came rushing a brace of whining dogs with tails tucked under their legs, and after them a white-faced burgher, with outstretched hands and wide-spread fingers, his hair all abristle and his eyes glinting back from one shoulder to the other, as though some great terror were at his very heels.

The lorislike adapid had a shield of thickened skin over bony bumps on its back, beneath which it now tucked its head.

Shriveled and brittle, more brown than red-it took a moment for Addle to recognize it as the little bouquet she had once confiscated from Gillian Duncan, tucked into her apron and forgotten.

She smiled, watching with satisfaction as Alec tucked in to her cooking.

I offered the flechette pistol to Alem but he gestured for me to keep it and showed me how to tuck it in one of the multiple sashes of the long, crimson robe.

Grandmother had swathed Alise snugly in a blanket, folding it around her and tucking in the ends as a mother swaddles a newborn babe.

I was appalled to discover what had happened, and even more so when I realized that I had tucked that print in the magazine myself.

I tucked myself back into my bra and, still clutching the aquamanile, buttoned up my tunic.

So he and the Armorer, despite their worry, anxiety and anger, tucked into the luncheon in the private room of the stern-wheeler.

Keeping pants tucked into socks, taking Atabrine tablets at mealtime, and spraying the island with DDT were all measures taken to help prevent the troops from getting infected.

Each carried two or three light javelins, and an atlatl tucked into a wide belt with a sheathed long-bladed knife.

Rohain tucked the feather inside a tapestry aulmoniere, fastened with buttons of jet.

And that the Auteur had apparently remained alcohol-free for the whole next three-and-a-half months, from Xmas of the Year of the Tucks Medicated Pad to 1 April of the Year of the Trial-Size Dove Bar, the date of his suicide.

But Dutch Ton stood up, took the letter from Axel, who was looking a bit disappointed to have his services broken off so abruptly, and tucked the paper into a gap in his coat.