tick away/by/past

phrasal verb

ticked away/by/past; ticking away/by/past; ticks away/by/past
of time
: to pass or go by
Time is ticking away.
She became impatient as the hours ticked by.

Examples of tick away/by/past in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the minutes tick by, Kane is forced to consider whether the town even deserves to be saved. Danny Horn, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2024 As days tick by with no word on an exit, Yulia’s messages are increasingly despairing. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 As the years tick by without the passage of aid-in-dying legislation, those who have passed or are still suffering weigh on Hammerberg’s heart. Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 9 Jan. 2024 Ayn Rand, one presumes, would heartily approve — as the long minutes tick by. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 18 Mar. 2022 As the months tick by, collaborators’ frustration grows. Elias Leight, Billboard, 15 Feb. 2024 Haley gaining some ground with just weeks to go As the weeks tick by for Haley to make her pitch to voters, her support has been ticking up in Iowa and across the country, 538's polling average shows. Tal Axelrod, ABC News, 4 Dec. 2023 At the same time, frustration and anger at the pace of the response has been growing as the days tick by, said Braggins. Chris Kenning, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2023 But there's no harm in asking because most of us know the sweat-inducing feeling of standing there watching someone struggle to take their laptop out of their carry-on while the minutes tick by. Natalia Senanayake, Peoplemag, 9 Aug. 2023

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“Tick away/by/past.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tick%20away%2Fby%2Fpast. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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