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tick

1. informal A moment or instant. Primarily heard in UK. A: "Could you help me with this?" B: "Yep, just a tick!" Wait here a tick while I nip inside.
2. informal A degree or unit on some scale. Can you turn the thermostat up a couple ticks? While their newest phone is a notch above their previous model, not enough has improved to warrant its hefty price tag.
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tick

n. a minute; a second. (see also sec.) This won’t take a tick. Sit tight.
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