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    ticking off

    What is the following in red saying?

    He began ticking off honours in all of his classes, and became one of the prodigies of the College of the City of New York.

    Does this just mean "he got the highest marks" in all the classes?

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    Re: ticking off

    I believe it means that he "checked off" (American usage) obtaining honors as though it were a list of things to do.

    Take out trash
    Make bed
    Wash dishes

    In his case

    Honors in English
    Honors in History
    Honors in Math

    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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