Word nick seems to be used to describe many things. According to the dictionary, the main meanings are:
- a small notch, groove, chip, or the like, cut into or existing in something.
- a hollow place produced in an edge or surface by breaking, chipping, or the like.
- a small dent or wound.
And other similar meanings, both nouns and verbs.
In British English (mostly slang level), word nick may also refer to a prison or a police station, but at the same time it may also mean to steal. While I can make a guess that a prison cell is a small hollow place (of sort) and hence further a police station may be called a nick, I'm puzzled as to the meaning to steal. How could it have come about?