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tick off

1. To make someone particularly annoyed, angry, or frustrated. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tick" and "off." It really ticks me off the way people drive in the bus lane, when they clearly aren't supposed to! Nothing ticked off my mom more than having people come into the house with dirty shoes.
2. To make a mark next to an item on a list to indicate it as present, acquired, completed, etc.; to check off. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tick" and "off." I picked up some bananas on the way home, so you can tick those off the list. We'll be done as soon as everything on the list has been ticked off.
3. To complete or acquire an item on a list. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tick" and "off." I have a few more accomplishments I'd like to tick off before I turn 40.
4. To list or enumerate something, often several things, without much effort. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tick" and "off." Rob can tick off so many bands that I've never even heard of. If you're having trouble remembering that formula, just ask Denise—she can tick it off with no problem.
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tick someone off

to make someone angry. That really ticks me off! Doesn't that tick off everyone?
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tick off

Infuriate, make angry. For example, That article ticked me off. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s] For a vulgar synonym, see piss off.
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tick off

v.
1. To make someone angry or annoyed: Constant delays ticked me off. The arrogant actor ticked off the director.
2. To mark some item on a list with a check or tick: The teacher ticked off each name as the roll was called. As the guests arrived, we ticked them off the list.
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tick someone off

tv. to make someone angry. (see also ticked (off).) That really ticks me off!
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ticked (off)

mod. angry. Kelly was so ticked!
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References in classic literature ?
Boards sat upon them, secretaries minuted upon them, commissioners gabbled about them, clerks registered, entered, checked, and ticked them off, and they melted away.
I hear that TOM PARKER, SIVA KANESWARAN, MAX GEORGE, JAY McGUINESS and NATHAN SYKES, who live together in London, have had parties and jamming sessions that got so noisy the police ticked them off.
Needing only two points from the eight singles matches to take victory, the 5-4 outsiders soon ticked them off when Prayad Marksaeng beat Pablo Larrazabal 5&4 and Toru Taniguchi thrashed Niclas Fasth 7&6.
Mr Newlove, 47, was kicked "like a football" by a gang of yobs after he ticked them off for vandalism.
THIS is the shocking picture of a brutal attack by three yobs on a man who ticked them off for dropping litter.
YOBS damaged a man's car after he ticked them off about playing a game of chicken in the street.
So I was surprised to hear so many of the gents around our table admit that night that, at heart, the parable of the vineyard workers has always ticked them off a little.
QA I recently e-mailed my staff [a few company] policy changes, but seemed to have ticked them off in the process.
Without thinking hard, Coles ticked them off to Thomas: "Bobby the idealist; Bobby the plotter; Bobby the adventurer; Bobby the family man.
The gang hunted Robert 40-year-old Broadbent "in a pack" after he ticked them off for sitting on a tractor in Stoke Newington, London.