English version

tick away/by/past

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtick away/by/past phrasal verbPASS/TIME PASSINGif time ticks away, by, or past, it passes, especially when you are waiting for something to happen We need a decision – time’s ticking away. The minutes ticked past and still she didn’t call. tick→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
tick away/by/pastSoon the mornings would be cauldrons of mists, slowly rising and clearing as the mornings ticked by.And he seemed to be concentrating on his driving as a minute or two ticked by in silence.I thought of the seconds ticking by, minutes wasted before I had to go back to the dang.At nearby Camberwick Green, life ticked by on the same orderly lines.The slow hours seemed to tick by one tick at a time in the night.He knew that time was ticking away remorselessly, though less than half a minute had passed.The day ticked by slowly and finally I was out on the street, running toward the Trowbridge house.
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Verb table
tick
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theytick
he, she, itticks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyticked
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave ticked
he, she, ithas ticked
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad ticked
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill tick
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have ticked
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam ticking
he, she, itis ticking
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you, we, theyare ticking
Past
I, he, she, itwas ticking
you, we, theywere ticking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been ticking
he, she, ithas been ticking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been ticking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be ticking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been ticking
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