A competition that’s so close it’s nearly a tie is nip and tuck. You could describe a race by explaining that it was nip and tuck until the last twenty yards, when one runner pulled ahead.
Another way to say nip and tuck is “neck and neck.” Two racehorses moving right next to each other, noses even, are nip and tuck. A newer, less formal, but even more common meaning of nip and tuck is a very little bit of plastic or cosmetic surgery. You might hear someone say, “I just need a little nip and tuck so my neck isn’t quite so saggy.”
even or close in a race or competition or comparison
inconclusive as to outcome; close or just even in a race or comparison or competition
plastic surgery to remove wrinkles and other signs of aging from your face; an incision is made near the hair line and skin is pulled back and excess tissue is excised