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tick over

1. Of an engine, to run at an idle pace in neutral while the vehicle is not moving. Primarily heard in UK. I won't stay any longer, as I've left the car ticking over outside.
2. To continue operating steadily but uneventfully. Primarily heard in UK. A: "How are things lately, Jeff?" B: "Just ticking over, can't complain really." They decided to leave one person in charge to make sure business ticked over during the long break.
3. To record or be recorded, as on a clock or other mechanical counting device. The Irish squad will be glad to see the first half tick over, as they'll need to regroup if they want to beat this Italian team. The taxi's meter had just ticked over £35 when we pulled into Heathrow Airport.
See also: over, tick

tick over

v.
1. To be recorded on some mechanical counting device: When the second quarter of the game ticked over, the home team was leading by two points.
2. To record something. Used of a mechanical counting device: The clock ticked over the ninetieth minute, and the game ended in a tie. As the car's odometer ticked the fifth mile over, we began looking for the turn.
3. To function characteristically or well. Used chiefly in the progressive: Because everyone works hard, the business is really ticking over.
See also: over, tick
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Gale departed in the next over for 27 off 25 balls with four boundaries when he cut Claude Henderson to Allenby at backward point, but a 46-run stand between Michael Vaughan and Jacques Rudolph kept the score ticking over nicely.
Together they kept the scoreboard ticking over before Regan was bowled for 42 and Kane, joined by Martin Bean, had reached 72 when the target was overhauled.
Kamran Akmal (25) and Butt put on 75 for the first wicket to give the visitors a solid platform, while Shahid AfridiA (20) and a quickfire 39 from Misbah-ul-Haq ensured Shoaib Malik's men kept the scoreboard ticking over. Bangladesh were still in with a shout, however, after left-armer Abdur Razzaq and Alok Kapali both claimed three scalps each for the hosts, while strike bowler Mashrafe Mortaza picked up two wickets.
Mohammad Hafeez (36) and Taufeeq Umar (17) put on 45 for the first wicket before Misbah-ul-Haq (42) and Latif (38) kept the scoreboard ticking over. Malik struck seven fours and a six, sharing a rapid 72 with Latif.
They have had little practice in overcoming the less celebrated practitioners of slow bowling, though, and the problems in keeping the scoreboard ticking over when conditions favoured the bowler.
Kadeer Ali led the charge, chalking up his third consecutive century by scoring 107, while Jeet Raval (41) and Rawlston Tappin (50) kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Dave Lamb (37) and Alex Fisher (24) did their best to keep the scoreboard ticking over but in the end their battle was lost, Mike Bevan (3-19) posted the best bowling figures for Water Orton as he finished off the innings in the 46th over.
After 10 overs, the Royals had moved to 74 for one, Swapnil Asnodkar keeping the scoreboard ticking over without doing anything flashy.
Four overs later Anderson claimed his second victim and strengthened England's dominant position when captain Mahela Jayawardene, frustrated at his failure to keep the scoreboard ticking over, went on the offensive.
John Armstrong (53 not out) and Nick Caunce (25) kept the score ticking over for Ormskirk in the face of good bowling from David Snellgrove (3-14) as they reached 122-6 off their 20 overs.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the highlight of the visitors' innings was an unbeaten 103 from Dave Wilcock-son in a total of 228-4, Julian Morris 3-46, but in reply the Flintshire side's opening pair Phil Davies (84) and Glenn Chambers (85) kept the scoreboard ticking over.
Mark Ramprakash used his vast experience to keep the innings ticking over by hitting 23 off 24 balls, but none of Surrey's bighitters contributed when it mattered and they almost stuttered to the climax of their innings.
As batsmen we have to find ways of keeping the board ticking over or it costs you."
Hutchinson (29) quickly followed but skipper Danny Kitchen kept the scoreboard ticking over with a fine 32, helping his side to 128-4.
The Waughs steadily kept the score ticking over and added 30 for the fourth wicket before Mark gave a return catch to spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.