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verb (intr, adverb)
Also: idle British (of an engine) to run at low speed with the throttle control closed and the transmission disengaged
to run smoothly without any major changeskeep the firm ticking over until I get back
noun tick-over
British
  1. the speed of an engine when it is ticking over
  2. (as modifier)tick-over speed
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