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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theytick off
he/she/itticks off
present participleticking off
past tenseticked off
past participleticked off
  1. 1
    British to put the symbolnext to something on a list to show that you have dealt with it

    I ticked off the children's names as they arrived.

    1. a.
      to count things on your fingers as you talk about them

      She began ticking off on her fingers, 'one: I'm hungry, two: I'm thirsty and three: I'm tired.'

  2. 2
    British informal to speak angrily to someone who has done something wrong

    He ticked me off for parking in front of his house.

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