tick over


verb(intr, adverb)
  1. Also: idle British (of an engine) to run at low speed with the throttle control closed and the transmission disengaged

  2. to run smoothly without any major changes: keep the firm ticking over until I get back

nountick-over
  1. British

    • the speed of an engine when it is ticking over

    • (as modifier): tick-over speed

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