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tick verb

1 of a clock, etc.

ADV. loudly | relentlessly | away The clock ticked relentlessly away on the mantelpiece.

2 mark sth with a tick

ADV. simply To take advantage of this extra bonus offer, simply tick the box on your order form. | mentally | off She mentally ticked off the names of the people she had already spoken to. PHRASAL VERBS tick along/over

ADV. nicely The business is ticking over nicely at the moment. | still

PHRASES keep things ticking over Morrison had kept things ticking over in my absence.