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Synonyms of tick in English:


  • 1 all that was required was a tick in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ column
    mark, stroke, dash, line;
    North American check, check mark
  • 2 the tick of his watch
    clicking, click, clack, clacking, click-clack, ticking, tick-tock, snick, snicking, plock, plocking, beat, tap, tapping
  • 3British informal I won't be a tick
    informal sec, jiffy, jiff
    British informal mo, two ticks
    [Antonyms] a long time
  • Phrases

    in a tick

    British informal I'll be with you in a tick
    (very) soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, shortly, any second, any minute, any minute now, in a short time, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long;
    North American momentarily
    British informal in two ticks, in a mo
    North American informal in a snap


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  • 1 he should have ticked the box for no publicity make a list of the animals and tick off the ones that you see
    mark, mark off, check off, indicate
  • 2 I could hear the clock ticking
    click, clack, tick-tock, snick, plock, beat, tap
  • Phrases

    tick someone off

  • 1British informal she ticked the children off for being late See reprimand
  • 2North American he is seen as an outsider, and that really ticks me off
    annoy, irritate, infuriate, anger, incense, inflame, enrage, vex, irk, chagrin, exasperate, madden, pique, provoke, nettle, disturb, upset, perturb, discompose, put out, try, try someone's patience, get on someone's nerves, bother, trouble, worry, agitate, ruffle, hound, rankle with, nag, torment, pain, distress, tease, frustrate, chafe, grate, fret, gall, outrage, displease, offend, disgust, dissatisfy, disquiet;
    Northern English mither
    British informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across
    North American informal rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
    vulgar slang piss off
    British vulgar slang get on someone's tits
  • tick over

    the engine was just ticking over
    idle, run slowly in neutral

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