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TICK, contracts. Credit; as, if a servant usually buy for the master upon tick, and the servant buy something without the master's order, yet, if the master were trusted by the trader, he is liable. 1 Show. 95; 3 Keb. 625; 10 Mod. 111; 3 Esp. R. 214; 4 Esp. R. 174.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In a state of heightened anxiety, her behaviour becomes more frantic, curt and unreasonable to those who aren't helping, but you can feel every ounce of her fears as time ticks away.
AS the clock ticks away during tonight's final episode, you'll probably start to fret that soul-mates Gil and Alice (Tamsin Greig and Michael Landes) are cutting it a bit fine if they're ever going to meet each other.
It ticks away in the bell tower of Coleshill Parish Church, so winding it and checking the time has always been the responsibility of one of the bellringers.