clickety-clack

[ klik-i-tee-klak ]
/ ˈklɪk ɪ tiˈklæk /

noun

a rhythmic, swiftly paced succession of alternating clicks and clacks, as the sound produced by the wheels of a train moving over tracks.

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Also called click·e·ty-click [klik-i-tee-klik]. /ˈklɪk ɪ tiˈklɪk/.

Origin of clickety-clack

First recorded in 1875–80; metrical compound from click1, clack
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Example sentences from the Web for clickety-clack

  • I was plunged on the first day—not into “clickety-clack,” but “slippety-slip.”