Today’s (September 25) Washington Post’s article in its Style column - “Emmys 2012: Number up, but repeat winners were, too” - introduces Washington Post TV writer Lisa de Moraes’ comment on the redundancy of the 64th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. She complains:
“If the members of the Hollywood creative community had any good sense, they would stand down as Candace Bergen did after winning several consecutive Emmys for best comedy actress, to give others a chance... Instead, they continue to submit themselves for consideration, and then, when they win -- a 10th time in a row, they nick the Emmy show -- during the Emmy show -- for being so redundant.”
I don’t understand what “nick” means in the last line of the above comment, and I don’t find any definitions of “nick” which seems to be relevant to such a usage of “nick” in any of major dictionaries, for example:
Cambridge English Dictionary defines “nick” only as a noun meaning “small cut in a surface or an edge.”
Oxford English Dictionary defines “nick” as a noun meaning small cut or notch, and verb meaning “make a notch.”
Merriam-Webster English Dictionary defines it as a noun meaning “a small notch, groove or chip,” and verb meaning 1. jot down, 2. cut short (e.g. cold weather), 3. catch at the right point of time, 4. cheat, overcharge.
None of the above definitions seems to be applicable to Lisa de Moraes’ usage of “nick.”
What does “they nick the Emmy show during the Emmy show” mean? Is the usage of “nick” in this manner well-received as English, or is it an American slanguage?