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tick away

[for seconds or minutes] to go by as the clock ticks. The seconds ticked away as the fateful time got closer. As time ticked away, the surgeons worked feverishly to repair the walls of Roger's heart.
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tick away

v.
1. To function characteristically or well: That old car is still ticking away.
2. To be gradually depleted. Used of an interval of time: The final seconds ticked away.
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I was looking away, watching the clock, waiting for the seconds to tick away.
It certainly seemed as if Ivanisevic, 26, had seen his chance at a championship tick away when his serve at 40-15 in that fourth set glanced off the tip of the net and caused the net-cord buzzer to sound.
On the recent day in March, Isaacson slowly watched time tick away waiting for a ride to work.
Now Starr, who will turn 50 on July 21, is a potential time bomb that will continue to tick away - or go off - during the 1996 presidential race.
Photo: Coach Terry Murray, with Joel Otto (29) and Eric Lin dros, watches Flyers' season tick away Tuesday night.