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Definition of tick over phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tick over

 phrasal verb
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Phrasal Verbs

    tick over

    (British English) (usually used in the progressive tenses)
     
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  1. 1(of an engine) to run slowly while the vehicle is not moving synonym idle The cab was waiting outside, the engine ticking over.
  2. 2(of a business, a system, an activity, etc.) to keep working slowly without producing or achieving much Just keep things ticking over while I'm away.