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You're nicked

Posted by David FG on November 03, 2006

In Reply to: You're nicked posted by Valeriy on November 03, 2006

: : : Please could you tell me where the phrase "you're nicked" comes from?

: : It is, I think, a variant on the theme of 'you're pinched' or 'copped'.

: : 'Nicked' also being slang for 'stolen' or 'taken'.

: : DFG

: Does it mean "arrested", "jailed" or just trapped in a difficult situation (for example, when one obediently follows the orders of the superiors and a s result finds oneself in a difficult situation abandoned by those superiors on one's own)?

It means arrested, especially in London (at the hands of the Metropolitan Police), though it is now pretty much universal in the UK.