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tic-tac

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(also tick-tack)

Definition of tic-tac in English:

noun

[mass noun]
(In the UK) a kind of manual semaphore used by racecourse bookmakers to exchange information.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a repeated ticking sound): imitative; compare with tick-tock. The current usage (originally slang) dates from the late 19th century.

Words that rhyme with tic-tac

haystackchimney stack

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