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tick-tock

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tick-tock

noun

A clock; also, by extension, the human heart: wind the tick-tock/ tick-tock is going strong at 70

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • tick-tock, said the world to George Hazlitt; and his brain gave an answer, "tick-tock!"

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Alley box and manor, the tick-tock of the city has them all.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • Davie used to say 'tick-tock' when he heard it, when he first learned to talk.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • The refrain “tick-tock” was borrowed from a song which had been sung to her.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • "tick-tock, tick-tock," said the clock in a deep mellow voice.

  • The tick-tock of the clock and the crackle of the consuming wood were the only sounds.

    Talbot's Angles Amy E. Blanchard
  • tick-tock's purring continued, on its regular, unhurried note.

    Novice James H. Schmitz
  • He expected her to start arguing with him immediately about tick-tock.

    Novice James H. Schmitz
  • In fact, that tick-tock wanted her to do some specific thing!

    Novice James H. Schmitz

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