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An abbreviation for "tongue in cheek," describing something humorous or intended as a joke, though seeming or appearing to be serious. I thought it was obvious that my comments were TIC, but it seems like I offended several people at the party.

tongue in cheek

COMMON If a remark or piece of writing is tongue in cheek, it is meant to be funny and is not meant to be taken seriously. I think people are taking all this more seriously than we intended. It was supposed to be tongue in cheek. Note: You can also say that someone is talking or writing with tongue in cheek or with their tongue in their cheek. If Howard said that, it must have been with tongue in cheek. Labour MPs, some with their tongue firmly in their cheeks, judged the result to have been a great success. Note: Tongue-in-cheek can also be used before a noun. The advert was meant to be a light-hearted, tongue-in-cheek approach. We never intended to offend anyone.
See also: cheek, tongue

(with) tongue in cheek

speaking or writing in an ironic or insincere way.
This expression originated in the fuller form put or thrust your tongue in your cheek , meaning ‘speak insincerely’. At one time, putting your tongue in your cheek could also be a gesture of contempt, but that shade of meaning has disappeared from the modern idiom.
See also: cheek, tongue

(with) tongue in ˈcheek

(also with your tongue in your ˈcheek) if you say something with your tongue in your cheek, you are not being serious and mean it as a joke: I never know if Charlie’s serious or if he’s speaking with tongue in cheek.a tongue-in-cheek remark OPPOSITE: in all seriousness
See also: cheek, tongue

tongue in cheek

and TIC
phr. & comp. abb. a phrase said when the speaker is joking or not being sincere. My comment was made TIC. Don’t take me seriously.
See also: cheek, tongue


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The above description of divided attention, as well as the eroded sense of self-determination by acquiescing to the 'ticcing' urge, means one lives through an 'excessive present-at-hand'.
Here the reinforcement for ticcing is essentially viewed along an intrinsic or interoceptive dimension in contrast to earlier notions of discrete external environmental reinforcers.
The current paper argues that the optimal focus of functional and behavioral analysis for tic behaviour should be on the activity of the person at the time of ticcing rather than exclusively on environmental or interoceptive contingencies.
The original HR program emphasized relaxation to relieve tension instead of ticcing, and even by itself, relaxation can reduce tic frequency.
The tension reduction and learned association model of tics can come together quite nicely in an integrated model proposing that a tension producing style of action elicits inappropriate tension and preparation which then leads on to ticcing as a means of short-term tension release (see Figure 1).
Sacks withdrew the medication and began weekly meetings with Ray to explore the importance of TS in his life, how it affected his personality and how he might get through his days without ticcing. Over three months of personal exploration and soul-searching, Ray recovered a mental reservoir of optimism and a potential for normal functioning that years of TS had largely obscured.