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tick-tock

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tick someone off

verb phrase

To anger someone; PISS someone OFF: Just the slightest thing could tick off Harold (1915+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • No sound came from the chest now, if that had been the locality of the tick-tock noise.

  • Davie used to say 'tick-tock' when he heard it, when he first learned to talk.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • The parking attendant appeared startled when she approached him with tick-tock striding alongside.

    Novice James H. Schmitz
  • The refrain “tick-tock” was borrowed from a song which had been sung to her.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • For ten minutes nothing was heard in the room save the tick-tock of a prodigious clock hung against the wall.

  • The tick-tock of the clock and the crackle of the consuming wood were the only sounds.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • And up on the wall over their heads the big clock went tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock, and its long pendulum swung to and fro.

    Beatrice Leigh at College Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • Abruptly, Telzey closed her eyes, thought sharply, "tick-tock?"

    Novice James H. Schmitz
  • Time—another superfluous element, a tick-tock for the little wingless ones to crawl by.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht

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