On-tick



[tik] /tɪk/

noun, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
a score or account.
Idioms
2.
on tick, on credit or trust:
We bought our telly on tick.
/tɪk/
noun
1.
a recurrent metallic tapping or clicking sound, such as that made by a clock or watch
2.
(Brit, informal) a moment or instant
3.
a mark (✓) or dash used to check off or indicate the correctness of something
4.
(commerce) the smallest increment of a price fluctuation in a commodity exchange. Tick size is usually 0.01% of the nominal value of the trading unit
verb
5.
to produce a recurrent tapping sound or indicate by such a sound: the clock ticked the minutes away
6.
when tr, often foll by off. to mark or check (something, such as a list) with a tick
7.
(informal) what makes someone tick, the basic drive or motivation of a person
/tɪk/
noun
1.
any of various small parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae (hard ticks) and Argasidae (soft ticks), typically living on the skin of warm-blooded animals and feeding on the blood and tissues of their hosts: order Acarina (mites and ticks) See also sheep tick (sense 1) related adjective acaroid
2.
any of certain other arachnids of the order Acarina
3.
any of certain insects of the dipterous family Hippoboscidae that are ectoparasitic on horses, cattle, sheep, etc, esp the sheep ked
/tɪk/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) account or credit (esp in the phrase on tick)
/tɪk/
noun
1.
the strong covering of a pillow, mattress, etc
2.
(informal) short for ticking
n.

parasitic blood-sucking arachnid animal, Old English ticia, from West Germanic *tik- (cf. Middle Dutch teke, Dutch teek, Old High German zecho, German Zecke “tick”), of unknown origin. French tique (mid-15c.), Italian zecca are Germanic loan-words.

mid-15c., “light touch or tap,” probably from tick (v.) and cognate with Dutch tik, Middle High German zic, and perhaps echoic. Meaning “sound made by a clock” is probably first recorded 1540s; tick-tock is recorded from 1848.

“credit,” 1640s, shortening of ticket (n.).
v.

early 13c., “to touch or pat,” perhaps from an Old English verb corresponding to tick (n.2), and perhaps ultimately echoic. Cf. Old High German zeckon “to pluck,” Dutch tikken “to pat,” Norwegian tikke “touch lightly.” Related: Ticked; ticking.

To tick (someone) off is from 1915, originally “to reprimand, scold.” The verbal phrase tick off was in use in several senses at the time: as what a telegraph instrument does when it types out a message (1873), as what a clock does in marking the passage of time (1846), to enumerate on one’s fingers (1899), and in accountancy, etc., “make a mark beside an item on a sheet with a pencil, etc.,” often indicating a sale (by 1881). This might be the direct source of the phrase, perhaps via World War I military bureaucratic sense of being marked off from a list as “dismissed” or “ineligible.” Meaning “to annoy” is recorded from 1975.

tick 2 (tĭk)
n.

tick
(tĭk)
Any of numerous small, parasitic arachnids of the suborder Ixodida that feed on the blood of animals. Like their close relatives the mites and unlike spiders, ticks have no division between cephalothorax and abdomen. Ticks differ from mites by being generally larger and having a sensory pit at the end of their first pair of legs. Many ticks transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

noun phrase

Heavy thighs, esp when regardedas ugly and undesirable: Bye-bye thunder thighs. You can have slimmer legs in 30 days/ the sinewy thunder thighs of marathoner Gayle Olinekova (1970s+)

adverb

Thus: content to sum up his contribution thusly: ”It was the toughest thing I ever attempted” (1865+)

noun

Credit: plenty of canned goods and plenty of tick at the store

[1642+; fr ticket]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
tick

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