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tick1 US English

A regular short, sharp sound, especially that made by a clock or watch

tick2 US English

A parasitic arachnid that attaches itself to the skin of a terrestrial vertebrate from which it sucks blood, leaving the host when sated. Some species transmit diseases, including tularemia and Lyme disease

tick3 US English

A fabric case stuffed with feathers or other material to form a mattress or pillow

tick4 US English

On credit

tick US Thesaurus

the tick of his watch

tick over US English

(Of an engine) idle

tick bean US English

A field bean of a variety with small rounded seeds, used for feeding to pigeons

tick box US English

A small box on a form into which a tick or cross is entered as the response to a question

tick gate US English

A checkpoint on a tick fence at which people and livestock are inspected before being allowed to pass into or out of a protected area

tick mark US English

Another term for check mark.

tick-tock US English

The sound of a large clock ticking

wood tick US English

A North American tick that infests wild and domestic animals, often found clinging to plants and responsible for transmitting spotted fever

sheep tick US English

A large tick that infests many mammals, including humans, and frequently transmits diseases

tick-borne US English

Transmitted or carried by ticks

tick fence US English

A fence erected to prevent the movement of tick-infested cattle

tick fever US English

Any fever transmitted by the bite of a tick

kangaroo tick US English

A tick which infests kangaroos or wallabies, one species of which can severely affect humans through its bite

tick trefoil US English

A tall, spindly leguminous North American plant, the pods of which break up into one-seeded joints that adhere to clothing, animals' fur, etc.

tick someone off US English

Make someone annoyed or angry

tick something off US English

Mark an item in a list with a tick to show that it has been dealt with

what makes someone tick US English

What motivates someone

uptick US English

A small increase

downtick US English

A small decrease or slight downward trend

tic-tac US English

(In the UK) a kind of manual semaphore used by racecourse bookmakers to exchange information

tick-tack in tic-tac US English

(In the UK) a kind of manual semaphore used by racecourse bookmakers to exchange information

tick off in tick US Thesaurus

that really ticked me off

tic-tac-toe US English

A game in which two players seek in alternate turns to complete a row, a column, or a diagonal with either three O’s or three X’s drawn in the spaces of a grid of nine squares

tick-tack-toe in tic-tac-toe US English

A game in which two players seek in alternate turns to complete a row, a column, or a diagonal with either three O’s or three X’s drawn in the spaces of a grid of nine squares