tick·​tock | \ ˈtik-ˈtäk How to pronounce ticktock (audio) , -ˌtäk\

Definition of ticktock

: the ticking sound of a clock

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Manning is, at times, difficult to hear over the incessant ticktocks and the chiming and clanging on the hour and half-hour. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Is it time to see Connecticut? If you're chronometrically inclined (you like clocks and such), this is the place for you," 29 Oct. 2017 The film proceeds with a ticktock, seesaw rhythm, tracking Warner, then KC, as the years grind on. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Crown Heights' review: An innocent man's ordeal, and redemption," 31 Aug. 2017 The performer would listen to a few ticktocks to note the desired speed and then turn off the device to play or sing. Corinna Da Fonseca-wollheim, New York Times, "Ticktock as Taskmaster: A Show About Metronomes and Musical Time," 30 June 2017 No matter; his developing relationship with Stevie, sketched in a ticktock series of crises and comfortings, is merely a comic foil to the foreground adventures of Jack and Stephanie. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: In Matthew Perry’s First Play, a Chandler Gone to Seed," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of ticktock

1848, in the meaning defined above

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a period when something is suspended

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