Meaning of “tick away/by” in the English Dictionary

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tick away/by

phrasal verb with tick uk /tɪk/ us /tɪk/ verb

If time ticks away/by, it goes past:

With the final seconds ticking away, Milan scored a goal.

(Definition of “tick away/by” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)