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ticker tape

the ribbon of paper on which a ticker prints quotations or news.
Also called tape.
Origin of ticker tape
An Americanism dating back to 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They studied a wall calendar and listened to the chatter of a ticker tape stock machine in an adjoining office.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • Then he passes the Henry Clays and sets out a bottle of green chartreuse, and goes over and looks at the ticker tape.

  • The gyro-horizon did a lot of strange maneuvers and the altimeter was unrolling like ticker tape off a Wall Street machine.

    A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F. Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • Honest, he was so rattled he didn't know whether he was usin' the roller towel or runnin' over the ticker tape.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • There were plenty of whistles blowing, plenty of ticker tape, and parades for the returning hero.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (
  • Also, arrangements could be made with some reliable brokerage house to have him supplied with the ticker tape each day.

    Seeing Things at Night Heywood Broun
  • Maxwell turned half around, with his hands full of papers and ticker tape.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
British Dictionary definitions for ticker tape

ticker tape

(stock exchange) a continuous paper ribbon on which a tape machine automatically prints current stock quotations
ticker-tape reception, ticker-tape parade, (mainly in New York) the showering of the motorcade of a distinguished politician, visiting head of state, etc, with ticker tape as a sign of welcome
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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