tick tack


a repetitive sound, as of ticking, tapping, knocking, or clicking: the ticktack of high heels in the corridor.
a device for making a tapping sound, as against a window or door in playing a practical joke.
verb (used without object)
to make a repeated ticking or tapping sound: Sleet ticktacked against the window panes.
Also, tictac.

1540–50; imitative See tick1

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ticktack (ˈtɪkˌtæk)
1.  (Brit) a system of sign language, mainly using the hands, by which bookmakers transmit their odds to each other at racecourses
2.  (US) a ticking sound, as made by a clock
[from tick1]

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