This season, the uptick started around Thanksgiving and seems to be ticking ever more upwards since—it may indeed be a bad year.
Meanwhile, valuable moments in which someone could be chiming in with another “lapidary” are ticking away.
The roundly defeated measures signal that Arizona is ticking slightly towards the right-center.
Sheffield University Professor Bill Ledger began warning years ago of an “infertility time bomb” ticking in Europe and the UK.
"We're all still rooting for Gabby to recover and run, but the clock is ticking, and we do need a plan B," he says.
"That is item number one," continued Whiteside, ticking the item off on his fingers.
The quiet was delightful, and the ticking clock was the most pleasant of companions.
It was very dark, and very still there, save that the clock was ticking sharply.
For a full minute there was no sound save the ticking of the clock.
For Care and Penury, Night changes not with the ticking of the clock, nor with the shadow on the dial.
"cloth covering for mattresses or pillows," 1640s, from tyke (modern tick) with the same meaning (mid-14c.), probably from Middle Dutch tike, from a West Germanic borrowing of Latin theca "case," from Greek theke "a case, box, cover, sheath" (see theco-).
parasitic blood-sucking arachnid animal, Old English ticia, from West Germanic *tik- (cf. Middle Dutch teke, Dutch teek, Old High German zecho, German Zecke "tick"), of unknown origin. French tique (mid-15c.), Italian zecca are Germanic loan-words.
mid-15c., "light touch or tap," probably from tick (v.) and cognate with Dutch tik, Middle High German zic, and perhaps echoic. Meaning "sound made by a clock" is probably first recorded 1540s; tick-tock is recorded from 1848.
"credit," 1640s, shortening of ticket (n.).
early 13c., "to touch or pat," perhaps from an Old English verb corresponding to tick (n.2), and perhaps ultimately echoic. Cf. Old High German zeckon "to pluck," Dutch tikken "to pat," Norwegian tikke "touch lightly." Related: Ticked; ticking.
To tick (someone) off is from 1915, originally "to reprimand, scold." The verbal phrase tick off was in use in several senses at the time: as what a telegraph instrument does when it types out a message (1873), as what a clock does in marking the passage of time (1846), to enumerate on one's fingers (1899), and in accountancy, etc., "make a mark beside an item on a sheet with a pencil, etc.," often indicating a sale (by 1881). This might be the direct source of the phrase, perhaps via World War I military bureaucratic sense of being marked off from a list as "dismissed" or "ineligible." Meaning "to annoy" is recorded from 1975.
tick 2 (tĭk)
Any of numerous small bloodsucking parasitic arachnids of the families Ixodidae and Argasidae, many of which transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
Any of various usually wingless, louselike insects of the family Hippobosciddae that are parasitic on sheep, goats, and other animals.
Any of numerous small, parasitic arachnids of the suborder Ixodida that feed on the blood of animals. Like their close relatives the mites and unlike spiders, ticks have no division between cephalothorax and abdomen. Ticks differ from mites by being generally larger and having a sensory pit at the end of their first pair of legs. Many ticks transmit febrile diseases, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.
Credit: plenty of canned goods and plenty of tick at the store
[1642+; fr ticket]