Definition of tick over in English:

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tick over

1(Of an engine) idle.
Example sentences
  • I fired up the two big engines, they were ticking over beautifully at approximately 1000 rpm.
  • With the engine still ticking over, the lady was genuinely worried for her safety.
  • The engine will not tick over at less than 20000 revs.
1.1Work or function at a basic or minimum level: they are keeping things ticking over until their father returns
More example sentences
  • There's also a problem in that my normal mode of thinking of stuff to write about is mostly because my mind sort of ticks over if I'm not thinking of anything particularly fiercely.
  • I think there was more pressure on me at the time because I came in to keep things ticking over for Celtic.
  • They keep all the bits in working order, not just ticking over in a repetitious way.
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