tick over

Definition of tick over

  1. 1 chiefly British, of a vehicle's engine :  to run at a very low speed

  2. 2 British :  to run or proceed in a steady but slow way “How's business?” “Oh, just ticking over.”

Word by Word Definitions

tickplay
  1. :  a light rhythmic audible tap or beat

    :  a series of such ticks

    :  the time taken by the tick of a clock :  moment

  1. :  to make the sound of a tick or a series of ticks

    :  to operate as a functioning mechanism :  run

    :  to mark with a written tick :  check

  1. :  any of a superfamily (Ixodoidea) of bloodsucking acarid arachnids that are larger than the related mites, attach themselves to warm-blooded vertebrates to feed, and include important vectors of infectious diseases

    :  any of various usually wingless parasitic dipteran flies — compare sheep ked

  1. :  the fabric case of a mattress, pillow, or bolster

    :  a mattress consisting of a tick and its filling

    :  ticking

  1. :  credit, trust

    :  a credit account

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening (see intervene 4) space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over


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