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tick-tock

Used to indicate that time is running out (for someone or something). Alludes to the traditional sound created by the mechanisms within a mechanical clock. Tick-tock, Jeffrey! I need that assignment finished before the end of the day. It's just a matter of time before the whole system collapses again. Tick-tock, tick-tock.
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tick-tock

(ˈtɪktɑk)
1. n. a heart. (see also ticker.) My tick-tock is as strong as an ox’s.
2. n. a watch or clock. (Juvenile.) Wind your tick-tock before you forget.
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