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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
‘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
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
in a snap
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
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
nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across
rankle, ride, gravel, bum out
get on someone's tits
‘the engine was just ticking over’
idle, run slowly in neutral
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