Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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NICKS, v. Also nix. To set something up as a mark and throw at it, to aim at something near (Rxb. 1825 Jam.). Vbl.n. nixin, a game in which ginger-bread cakes are placed on pieces of wood, and on payment of a charge a stick measuring about a yard long may be thrown at them, the thrower claiming as many cakes as are displaced (Ib.). Hence nixum, an upset, “knock-out.” Slk. 1832  Fraser's Mag. (Sept.) 165–6:
I gaed away to help them to bury the auld roudess, Mrs. Torpin; but we hae gotten sic a nixum. They shall ken when they get me to bury an auld wife in a drift again. . . . Auld roudess! She has gotten a nixum.

[Prob. from Nick, v., 2.]

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