Phrasal Verbs Using 'Tick'

Tick along

Make reasonable progress without any serious problems

Example:Things are TICKING ALONG at work while the director's away.

Tick away

Pass (of time)

Example:The last few seconds TICKED AWAY and the team couldn't come back.

Tick by

Pass (of time)

Example:The seconds TICKED BY and the team failed to score.

Tick off


Example:She really TICKS me OFF when she doesn't reply to my emails.

Tick off


Example:He TICKED me OFF for arriving late.

Tick off

Put a mark on an item in a list when it has been dealt with

Example:She TICKED OFF our names when we arrived.

Tick over

Continue working, but without improving

Example:The company TICKED OVER while she was away on holiday.

Tick over

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.