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tick 1

1. A light, sharp, clicking sound made repeatedly by a machine, such as a clock.
2. Chiefly British A moment.
3. A light mark used to check off or call attention to an item.
4. Informal A unit on a scale; a degree: when interest rates move up a tick.
v. ticked, tick·ing, ticks
1. To emit recurring clicking sounds: as the clock ticked.
2. To function characteristically or well: machines ticking away; curious about what makes people tick.
1. To count or record with the sound of ticks: a clock ticking the hours; a taxi meter ticking the fare.
2. To mark or check off (a listed item) with a tick: ticked off each name on the list.
Phrasal Verb:
tick off Informal
To make angry or annoyed: Constant delays ticked me off.

[Middle English tik, light tap.]

tick 2

1. Any of various small bloodsucking arachnids of the order Ixodida that are parasitic on terrestrial vertebrates. Many species transmit diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
2. Any of various usually wingless insects that resemble a tick, such as a sheep ked.

[Middle English tike, tik, perhaps from Old English *ticca.]

tick 3

a. A cloth case for a mattress or pillow.
b. A light mattress without inner springs.
2. Ticking.

[Middle English tikke, probably from Middle Dutch tīke, ultimately from Latin thēca, receptacle, from Greek thēkē; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]

tick 4

n. Chiefly British
Credit or an amount of credit.

[Short for ticket.]
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tick off

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to mark with a tick
2. informal chiefly Brit to scold; reprimand
ticking off, ticking-off n
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.tick off - put a check mark on or near or next totick off - put a check mark on or near or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items"; "mark off the units"
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, suss out, look into, go over - examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition; "check the brakes"; "Check out the engine"
receipt - mark or stamp as paid
insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, check, assure, control, see - be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product"
verify - confirm the truth of; "Please verify that the doors are closed"; "verify a claim"
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Chiefly British. A very brief time:
Informal: jiff, jiffy.
phrasal verb
tick off
To name or specify one by one:
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يَضِعُ عَلَامَةيُغْضِب، يُغيظ
sætte hak ved
označiti kvačicom
bántja a csõrétpipál
bocka av
đánh dấu

w>tick off

vt sep (Brit)
name etcabhaken
(inf: = scold) → ausschimpfen (inf), → anpfeifen (inf); he got ticked off for doing iter wurde angepfiffen (inf)or er bekam einen Rüffel or Anpfiff (inf), → weil er das getan hat
(inf: = annoy) → total nerven (inf); what really ticks me off …was mich absolut auf die Palme bringt (inf)
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(tik) noun
a mark ( ) used to show that something is correct, has been noted etc.
(often with off) to put this mark beside an item or name on a list etc. She ticked everything off on the list.
tick (someone) off, give (someone) a ticking off
to scold someone. The teacher gave me a ticking-off for being late.
tick (someone) off
(American) (slang) to make someone angry. He really ticked me off; It ticks me off when you speak like that.
tick over
to run quietly and smoothly at a gentle pace. The car's engine is ticking over.
ticked off adjective
(American) (slang) angry.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

tick off

يَضِعُ عَلَامَة odškrtnout sætte hak ved abhaken σημαδεύω marcar ruksata cocher označiti kvačicom spuntare チェックする 체크하다 afvinken krysse av odhaczyć w tekście assinalar отмечать галочкой bocka av ทำเครื่องหมายขีด imlemek đánh dấu 用记号勾出
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References in classic literature ?
"First of all," began Margaret, "we must make a list and tick off the people's names.
Since the tick had buried its head into the flesh, a bit of skin came off when Omar pulled the wriggling tick off, according to the report.
"Hopefully, that's the plan, Anfield is open to boxing now so I'm ticking off things that I've always wanted to do and Anfield is left to tick off."
The things that would tick off Ernie would be the things that would tick off Bert.
They became the first to tick off a huge list of 2985 HuMPs, which are defined as British hills with Hundred Metres of Prominence (100-metre drop on all sides).