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  • n. Alternative spelling of knick-knack.


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  • Everything became a nick-nack in this curious room.

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • It's also known as 'Arthur in my back garden syndrome' by often Welsh archaeologists who have to handle people who think they've found some Arthurian nick-nack or another in the area.

    The Reign of Arthur: From History to Legend, by Christopher Gidlow. Book review

  • Save up for one fabulous piece—whether it be a jewelled mirror, some sort of nick-nack or a beaded cushion—and display it somewhere that will draw the eye.

    Mates, Dates Guide To Life, Love, and Looking Luscious

  • A hand-bell sounded: in his hands the priest some nick-nack elevated.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Pao-yü, literary persons and pretty girls are, for the most part, brought together in marriage, through the agency of some trifling but ingenious nick-nack.

    Hung Lou Meng, Book II Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books

  • May sat down and fidgeted with a nick-nack on the table.


  • The offices of the management were on the first floor, and Henry was conducted thither and shown into Witherspoon's private apartment -- into the calico, bombazine, hardware and universal nick-nack holy of holies.

    The Colossus A Novel

  • Any person who had known the circumstances might have perceived that Wildeve was mortified by the discovery that the matter in transit was money, and not, as he had supposed when at Blooms-End, some fancy nick-nack which only interested the two women themselves.

    The Return of the Native

  • And so the two old friends worked away, as merrily as school-boys building a rabbit-hutch, and in a few weeks 'time the old place was put to rights, and every nick-nack and every curio and souvenir and picture replaced in the drawing-room, just as it had been in the dear, reckless days of long ago.

    As We Sweep Through The Deep

  • Huge, substantial, almost severe of aspect, it had all the importance of a palace compared to its neighbour, the dwelling of the artist, who was obliged to limit himself to a fanciful nick-nack.

    His Masterpiece


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