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  • A short corner and a tick-tack combination of passes and crosses saw defender Jacek Bak volley dangerously off Macho's hands, and mid-fielder Dariusz Dudka's scissor-kick at the ensuing rebound was only matched in quality by Macho's diving save.

    Poland 1-1 Austria: Late Drama Keeps Hosts Alive, Free Beer to Goal-Scorer

  • In Measure for Measure, "tick-tack" literally means the game Tic Tac Toe, although euphemistically it refers to sexual play.

    Shakespeare on Games

  • Lucio worries that Claudio's sister Isabella should be kept in a chaste environment: "I pray she may; as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition, as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack."

    Shakespeare on Games

  • We had way more fouls called against us (they were in the double bonus before we were even in the bonus), most of which were very tick-tack fouls.

    drbigbeef Diary Entry

  • I could hear the tick-tack of his iron every time he knocked one of the spikes in.

    Robbery Under Arms

  • I pray she may; as well for the encouragement of the like, which else would stand under grievous imposition, as for the enjoying of thy life, who I would be sorry should be thus foolishly lost at a game of tick-tack.

    Measure for Measure

  • As if to divert her mind, he reproduced for her the tick-tack of the spit in the kitchen, the shrill cry of the fish-vendors, the saw of the carpenter who had a shop opposite, and when the door-bell rang, he would imitate Madame Aubain: “Felicite! go to the front door.”

    A Simple Soul

  • I could hear the slow tick-tack of a clock, and a child crying a little.

    Hunger

  • Pull your string, and "tick-tack" goes the stone on the window.

    Injun and Whitey to the Rescue

  • To make a tick-tack get a long string, the longer the better; meaning the longer the safer.

    Injun and Whitey to the Rescue

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