Phrasal Verb: Tick over
Meaning: Continue working, but without improving
Example: The company TICKED OVER while she was away on holiday.
Meaning: Operate but without moving (engines)
Example: The mechanic left the engine TICKING OVER for a while to see if he could see what was causing the problem.
Other Phrasal Verbs
We have 5 phrasal verbs with 'TICK'