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  1. a rise or improvement in business activity, in mood, etc.
  2. Stock Exchange.
    1. a selling price that is higher than the last price.
    2. a slight upward trend in price.Compare downtick.
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Origin of uptick

First recorded in 1950–55; up- + tick1
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  1. a rise or increase
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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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