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[uhp-tik] /ˈʌpˌtɪk/
a rise or improvement in business activity, in mood, etc.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a selling price that is higher than the last price.
  2. a slight upward trend in price.
    Compare downtick.
Origin of uptick
1950-55; up- + tick1 Unabridged
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a rise or increase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for uptick

"upward trend," 1962, an economist's term, from up- + tick (v.).

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  1. A rise, esp in stock prices; an increase of value: the strongest and broadest uptick in the history of the company/ Another 10 percent uptick and you double up again
  2. Improvement; raising: His apparent uptick in spirit was contagious

[1970+; fr the use, on boards above stock-market stations, of a plus sign (compare British tick, ''check mark'') beside a stock of which the last sale represented a rise in price; a minus sign represents a down tick; probably influenced by the tick, like click, or notch, representing one degree of change; compare ratchet up]

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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