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Of time, to disappear or pass by continuously. I hated that class. Every day I just sat in my chair watching the minutes tick by on the clock. The days continue ticking by while the world waits to see if a peace treaty can be agreed upon by the two nations.
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To pass. Used of time: As the minutes ticked by, we became worried that we would miss the train.
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