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clickety-clack

[klik-i-tee-klak] /ˈklɪk ɪ tiˈklæk/
noun
1.
a rhythmic, swiftly paced succession of alternating clicks and clacks, as the sound produced by the wheels of a train moving over tracks.
Also called clickety-click
[klik-i-tee-klik] /ˈklɪk ɪ tiˈklɪk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of clickety-clack
1875-1880
1875-80; metrical compound from click1, clack
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  • I was plunged on the first day—not into “clickety-clack,” but “slippety-slip.”

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner

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