tick over

Definition of tick over

1 chiefly British, of a vehicle's engine :to run at a very low speed
2 British :to run or proceed in a steady but slow way
  • "How's business?" "Oh, just ticking over."

Word by Word Definitions

tick play
  1. : a light rhythmic audible tap or beat

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

  3. : a small spot or mark

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

  2. : to operate as a functioning mechanism : run

  3. : 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

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

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

  2. : ticking:1

  1. : credit, trust

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

  2. : forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  3. : across the brim

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

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

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

  1. : upper, higher

  2. : outer, covering

  3. : excessive

  1. : to leap over

  1. : so as to exceed or surpass

  2. : excessive

  3. : to an excessive degree


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