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  • There was only the tick-tick of engines cooling and the sound of a wind kicking up.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • Even upstairs, even over the sounds of TV football and uncles coughing up their lungs, she could hear the tick-tick dancing of that dog on the kitchen tile.

    The Cool Aunt

  • The tick-tick dance was never-ending, like a conjurer's dance or a warrior's dance.

    The Cool Aunt

  • The house was still except for the quick tick-tick of the second hand on my mother's alarm clock on her nightstand.

    Deborah Jiang Stein: It's All in the Attitude

  • The only sound was the tick-tick of an iris-shaped clock and, somewhere outside, Aunt Js pleasant song as she puttered around the yard.

    Burned

  • As soon as you feel the tick-tick of the bottom, tighten up by reeling, but don't just crank it back in.

    How to Fish Small Jigs to Catch More Trout

  • The timer on this oven is manual, the old twist-dial tick-tick type.

    What I cooked last night.

  • Gradually, though, the ear made out, in the conglomerate of noise, a host of separate noises infinitely multiplied: the sharp tick-tick of surface-picks, the dull thud of shovels, their muffled echoes from the depths below.

    Australia Felix

  • It was almost as if the sound were part of her thinking process, as if she needed the tick-tick noise of her finger to get her brain to work.

    Every Secret Thing

  • Love of journalism meant long evenings in the commercial printing plant, listening to the soft tick-tick of the letters dropping into place on the Linotype machine, laying out the pages and seeing them cast in hot metal.

    Staying Tuned

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