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tick something off
chiefly British

Definition of tick something off in English:

1Mark an item in a list with a tick to show that it has been dealt with: I ticked several items off my ‘to do’ list
More example sentences
  • Mr Howarth said: "We had a leaflet on meningitis and when we ticked off the symptoms the alarm bells started ringing".
  • Sipping bottled water before the concert in Huntington in March, he ticked off a long list of luminaries with whom he had worked.
  • Then it is ticked off a list of all birds found in this country.
2List items one by one in one’s mind or during a speech: he ticked the points off on his fingers
More example sentences
  • The officer was going down a mental list and ticking the items off on his fingers. ‘… possession of drugs, possession of illegal weapons and technology, and assaulting an officer of the North American army.
  • ‘Well, she's really small, absolutely gorgeous, drives a hot car, goes by animal names, loud, bossy,’ Samuel listed, ticking each description off on a new finger.
  • He had been ticking the items off on his fingers with the air of a housewife listing tasks yet to be done; now he laced the fingers behind his head and sighed vastly.
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