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nick to cut in nicks or notches: “nicks him like a fool,” THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, v. 1. 175 ; cuts his hair in nicks or notches, as was formerly done to fools (who “were shaved and nicked in a particular manner in our author's time,” MALONE) , “nick'd his captainship” ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, iii. 13. 8. ( “set the mark of folly on it,” STEEVENS ; cited in Johnson's Dict. under“Nick” in the sense of “Defeat, cozen,” ; etc.),

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