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Nick of Time Diane J DJ Lost Why is someone who has barely made it said to have done so "in the nick of time?"

The answer:

Of course, even if you just make it to somewhere or something
before the deadline, all that really counts is that you're
there, not how close you came to being late or missing it
entirely. And counting is what this phrase is all about.

In Medieval times, sticks were used as counters, a sort of
primitive version of the beads on an abacus. Schools adapted
this crude tool for taking attendance. As long as you made it
by the time the person taking attendance reached your name,
you received a notch on the stick used to record your
presence. That was the nick of time.

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