tick off


ticked off; ticking off; ticks off

transitive verb

: to make angry or indignant
the cancellation really ticked me off
: reprimand, rebuke
his father ticked him off for his impudence

Examples of tick off in a Sentence

she royally ticked the babysitter off for letting the child play outside unsupervised it really ticks me off when someone says something like that
Recent Examples on the Web The Orioles then added an infield hit when a ball ticked off Rendon’s glove. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, 28 Mar. 2024 However, one last item had to be ticked off her bucket list. Assile Toufaily, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The 11-play, 78-yard drive again ate up valuable minutes, with 7:10 ticking off the clock. Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 20 Jan. 2024 The things people choose to be ticked off about provide a few moments of entertainment! Ticked Off, Orlando Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 He’s ticked off 41 states so far, and plans to run his last in Hartford, Connecticut, this October. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Mar. 2024 Another key aspect that’s often misunderstood is the difference between merely ticking off compliance checklists and actually building a comprehensive infosec program. Justin Rende, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Fiennes’s casting also speaks to the rarity of a celebrated film and stage actor with an appetite to tick off a personal Shakespearean bucket list. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2024 Jason Reitman took over the directorial duties from his father Ivan, who passed away four months after the film’s premiere, and the whole thing very much feels like a son paying tribute to his dad while ticking off franchise boxes. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History


tick entry 2

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tick off was in 1915

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“Tick off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tick%20off. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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