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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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At a recent TVfilm forum, we were asked what ticked us off the most about actresses on the small screen.
And he ticked us off for getting him mixed up with Howard when we said he wanted fans to choose their show instead of Oasis.
Mrs Cully caught us, ticked us off and threw a fit, so it looked like we boys were off to a bad start.
Meanwhile a reader has ticked us off for issuing what he deems to be misleading information about what to do with game killed on our roads in Saturday's Weekend Post.
30pm when we got home and she ticked us off, telling us she didn't care what he'd done -he was late
When we were kids our neighbours ticked us off for playing up.
An item last month in Herb Caen's column ticked us off.