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tick over

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtick over phrasal verb British English1 TTCif an engine ticks over, it works while the vehicle is not moving Mark left the engine ticking over and went back inside.2 CONTINUE/NOT STOPif a system, business etc ticks over, it continues working but without producing very much or without much happening The business is just about ticking over. Jane will keep things ticking over while I’m away. tick→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
keep things ticking overThe parasympathetic is responsible for the day-to-day running of the body, for keeping things ticking over nicely.
From Longman Business Dictionarytick over phrasal verb [intransitive] British English if a system, business etc ticks over, it goes on working but without producing much or without much happeningThe market did little more than tick over. tick→ See Verb table
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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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