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    Default "The minutes Ticked by"?

    Hi there,


    I want to say " as the time passed........."

    Can I say it like this? "As the minutes ticked by........"



    Thanks to all of you for your great and quick help.

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    Default Re: "The minutes Ticked by"?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hi there,


    I want to say " as the time passed........."

    Can I say it like this? "As the minutes ticked by........"



    Thanks to all of you for your great and quick help.
    Possibly I'd expect 'The seconds ticked by' - as 'tick' refers to the noise an analogue [clockwork] clock makes in marking a second; and 'The hours/minutes flew/raced by'. Conversely, 'The hours/minutes dragged by'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 01-Jun-2009 at 17:21. Reason: 'clockwork' added

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    Default Re: "The minutes Ticked by"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    'The hours/minutes flew/raced by'.

    Thank you


    This means that the hours/minutes passed quickly? or just passed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thank you


    This means that the hours/minutes passed quickly? or just passed?

    race
    verb
    MOVE FAST
    3
    [+adv. / prep.] to move very fast; to move sb/sth very fast: [v] He raced up the stairs. The days seemed to race past. She raced through the work in no time at all. [vn] The injured man was raced to the hospital. She raced her car through the narrow streets of the town.

    fly
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    OF TIME
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    [v] ~ (by / past) to seem to pass very quickly: Doesn’t time fly? Summer has just flown by.

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    Default Re: "The minutes Ticked by"?

    Thanks and I suppose "time dragged by" means passed slowly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thanks and I suppose "time dragged by" means passed slowly?

    You're right, maral55.

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    [v] (of time or an event) to pass very slowly: Time dragged terribly. The meeting really dragged.

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