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    ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right about my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It happened that morning, then, just after sunrise, which Jonathan Livingston Seagull fired directly through the center of Breakfast Flock, ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour, eyes closed, in a great roaring shriek of wind and feathers.

    ticking off = checking (“reaching a speed of two hundred twelve miles per hour” in the present case)

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V

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    Re: ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour

    This is a strange phrasing. I assume that the character is in an airpalne?

    If so, I would think the term "ticking off" means that her speedometer is moving along.

    I am a native English speaker, but I'm really not 100% sure on this one!

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    Re: ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour

    Hi acslater01,

    Thank you for your kindness.\

    As a matter of fact the character in question is a sea-gull.

    Regards,

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 16-Dec-2010 at 08:46.

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    Re: ticking off two hundred twelve miles per hour

    I assume that 'ticking off' means placing a beside this speed on a mental list of things to be achieved, because it has been achieved. Like asclater, I am not really sure about this.

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