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English definition of “tick over”

tick over

(ENGINE) phrasal verb with tick     /tɪk/ verb
If the engine of a vehicle is ticking over, the engine is operating slowly although the vehicle is not moving : I've left the car with the engine ticking over.Mechanical engineeringFunctioningPerforming a function
(Definition of tick over (ENGINE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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