- 1The sound of a large clock ticking: we could hear every tick-tock of the clockMore example sentences
- She could hear the sounds of an empty, sleeping house; the tick-tock of the grandfather clock in the hallway, the dripping of a tap in the bathroom next to her, the low snuffling snores of her Dad next door.
- The tick-tock of the clock was amplified and I glanced at it as a reflex.
- It speaks of winter days sitting snug and cosy, the lamp lighting my page, toes gently toasting, and the quiet tick-tock of the clock.
- 1.1US • informal A piece of journalism that presents a chronological account of an event or series of events: an excellent tick-tock of the unfolding financial crisis [as modifier]: a tick-tock account of what went into the planning and execution of the raidMore example sentences
- A fine piece of reporting lays out in tick-tock form how the program allowed itself to be taken in by the sloppy frauds.
- It serves no purpose to go back and do the tick-tock.
- One of the regular features in the Wall Street Journal was the "tick-tock", an inside-the-boardroom reconstruction of a big deal.
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- Make a ticking sound: the clock on the wall was tick-tockingMore example sentences
- The metronome is a nice reference tool, but if you don't have one to practice with, think of the arm of a grandfather clock tick-tocking back and forth.
- Not a sound was to be heard anywhere; the place had nearly reached the mystical non-existent state, supposing there was one, was it not for the clock which tirelessly tick-tocked its way through the smooth black silk of silence.
- Mindful of the time, he watched the clock tick-tock its way towards 7:15.
mid 19th century: imitative; compare with tick1.
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