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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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of tick off
    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.'

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of tick off
  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.

  3. 3
    American informal to annoy someone
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