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Dictionary Definition

snick

Noun

1 a small cut [syn: notch, nick]
2 a glancing contact with the ball off the edge of the cricket bat

Verb

1 hit a glancing blow with the edge of the bat
2 cut slightly, with a razor; "The barber's knife nicked his cheek" [syn: nick]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /snɪk/

Etymology 1

Probably from snick or snee.

Verb

  1. To cut or snip
  2. to hit the ball with the edge of the bat, causing a slight deflection

Noun

  1. a small deflection of the ball off the side of the bat; often carries to the wicketkeeper for a catch

Etymology 2

Imitative.

Verb

  1. to make something click, to make a clicking noise

Noun

  1. a sharp clicking sound
    • 1893: Then it grew louder, and suddenly there came from the window a sharp metallic snick. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Naval Treaty’ (Norton 2005, p.698)

Extensive Definition

SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon) was a two-hour programming block on the American cable television network Nickelodeon, geared toward general audiences, that ran from August 15, 1992 until mid-2004, Saturdays starting at 8 p.m. ET. In 2004, SNICK was revamped as the Saturday night edition of TEENick.
The block debuted on Saturday, August 15, 1992, with a pair of Sunday favorites (the preteen-oriented sitcom Clarissa Explains It All and the Nicktoon The Ren and Stimpy Show) and the network premieres of Roundhouse (a musical comedy variety series) and Are You Afraid of the Dark? (a horror anthology series).

Ads and bumpers

Ads and bumpers for SNICK featured the programming block's "mascot," dubbed "The Big Orange Couch," in several locales, including in front of the Midnight Society's campfire, Ren and Stimpy's house, and in various locations. It was retired in June 1999, when the iconic couch, stuffed with $25,000, was given away in a contest celebrating Nickelodeon's 20th anniversary. In 2006, one of Nickelodeon's celebrities would take over Nickelodeon from Monday to Friday, and with that they had the "Big Orange Couch" return to Nickelodeon. (see Takes Over Nick)
All these shows aired from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. with the ending having the big orange couch and above that a clock counting down until next week's broadcast.

Snick House

In 1999, Snick was revamped and renamed Snick House'. With this, came a number of changes. The block was hosted by Nick Cannon and each week, a different celebrity and/or music group made an appearance. The format was very similar to the current TEENick, but was more of a party. Each week, kids could go online and vote for their favorite Snick House Video Picks. The winning music video was then played during Snick House.

Elevator music era

After the SNICK House was cancelled in June of 2001, Nick replaced SNICK's normal slot with "Nick Flicks", 90 minute Nicktoon specials. This went on from July 7th, 2001 to January 5th, 2002. On January 19th, 2002, the brand new SNICK began with a whole new lineup. Including a brand new cast of All That, which had been on hiatus for a year and a half. There was no couch, no party - just bumpers that featured still pictures of various SNICK stars with a SNICK "talk bubble" above them, with elevator music playing in the background.

Snick On-Air Dare

Starting in September 03, SNICK featured a series of On-Air Dare segments featuring members of the All That cast. All but three members of the cast would pull a lever to determine the night's "dare", which one of the three would have to do. This appears to have been based on Fear Factor.
Some of these dares included singing the National Anthem in a diaper, bobbing for apples in a toilet, taking a bath in a tub of raw eggs, eating a couple gallons of bleu cheese, being painted with peanut butter and licked by dogs, hanging upside down and being dipped in dog food, having buckets of worms dumped on the cast member's head, drinking a gallon of sweat, sitting in a giant bowl of chili, dressing up as a girl and competing in a beauty pageant or shaving their school principal's legs.

Saturday Night Nickelodeon era

During SNICK's "summer vacation", graphic design company "Beehive" created brand new bumpers for Saturdays on Nick, featuring orange SPLAT's morphing into a shows character. Instead of saying "SNICK", the announcer said "Saturday Night Nickelodeon". TEENick Saturday Night replaced SNICK and Saturday Night Nick for the 2004-2005 television season and onward.

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