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[uhp-tik] /ˈʌpˌtɪk/
a rise or improvement in business activity, in mood, etc.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a selling price that is higher than the last price.
  2. a slight upward trend in price.
    Compare downtick.
Origin of uptick
1950-55; up- + tick1 Unabridged
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a rise or increase
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Word Origin and History for uptick

"upward trend," 1962, an economist's term, from up- + tick (v.).

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up the river

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In prison

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send up

[1924+; fr the fact that Ossining Correctional Facility, formerly called Sing Sing, is up the Hudson River from New York City; from 1891 the term referred only to Sing Sing]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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