Synonyms of tick in English:


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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

3‘I won't be a tick’


moment, second, minute, bit, little while, short time, instant, split second

sec, jiffy, jiff

mo, two ticks


a long time


1‘he should have ticked the box for no publicity’


mark, mark off, check off, indicate

2‘I could hear the clock ticking’


click, clack, tick-tock, snick, plock, beat, tap


    in a tick

      ‘I'll be with you in a tick’


      soon, 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 no time, in less than no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long

      North American


      in a jiffy, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you can say Jack Robinson, in the blink of an eye, in a blink, in the wink of an eye, in a wink, before you can say knife

      in two ticks, in a mo

      North American

      in a snap

    tick someone off

      1‘she ticked the children off for being late’


      reprimand, rebuke, admonish, chastise, chide, upbraid, reprove, reproach, scold, remonstrate with, berate, take to task, pull up, castigate, lambaste, read someone the Riot Act, give someone a piece of one's mind, lecture, criticize, censure

      haul over the coals

      tell off, give someone a talking-to, give someone a telling-off, dress down, give someone a dressing-down, give someone an earful, give someone a roasting, give someone a rocket, give someone a rollicking, rap, rap over the knuckles, slap someone's wrist, send someone away with a flea in their ear, let someone have it, bawl out, give someone hell, come down on, blow up, pitch into, lay into, lace into, give someone a caning, put on the mat, slap down, blast, rag, keelhaul

      have a go at, carpet, give someone a mouthful, tear someone off a strip, give someone what for, give someone some stick, wig, give someone a wigging, give someone a row, row

      North American

      chew out, ream out



      vulgar slang

      bollock, give someone a bollocking

      North American vulgar slang

      chew someone's ass, ream someone's ass


      call down, rate, give someone a rating, trim


      reprehend, objurgate


      praise, commend, compliment

      2‘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


      rub up the wrong way

      Northern English



      peeve, miff, bug, bite, eat, hassle, aggravate, rile, get to, hack off, make someone's blood boil, make someone see red, get someone's goat, get someone's hackles up, make someone's hackles rise, get someone's back up, get someone's dander up, drive up the wall, drive bananas, needle, be a thorn in someone's flesh, be a thorn in someone's side, be a pain in the neck, ruffle someone's feathers, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, get under someone's skin, give someone a hard time

      British informal

      nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across


      rankle, ride, gravel, bum out

      NZ informal


      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