Phrases with "ticking"

Wilkie Collins No sounds but the steady ticking of the clock, and the lumpish snoring of a large dog stretched on a mat outside the dining-room door, disturbed the mysterious morning stillness of hall and staircase. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was an old clock ticking loudly somewhere in the passage, but otherwise everything was deadly still. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

R. D. Blackmore For several moments no one spoke, nor moved, nor listened carefully; but the fall of the poor lieutenant’s death-drops, like the ticking of a clock, went on. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Gissing Another sound, blending with both, is the gentle ticking of the clock. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arnold Bennett Nothing but the ticking of the clock disturbed the calm of the night. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray When there is no sound on the earth except the ticking of the grasshopper, or the croaking of obscene frogs in the poole. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

James Joyce It seemed to him that he stood in the midst of a great hall, dark and silent save for the ticking of a great clock. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Dark drops fell on the floorcloth one after another, with a sound of ticking growing fast and furious like the pulse of an insane clock. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle The ticking of the clock, and the click of the billiard-balls across the passage, seemed to grow unendurably loud and monotonous. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Mattresses of checkered blue ticking were hanging out of several windows to air. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

James Joyce The ticking went on unceasingly; and it seemed to this saint that the sound of the ticking was the ceaseless repetition of the words -ever, never; ever, never. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling It was the end of the cold weather, the leaves and the trees looked worn and faded, and there was a dry, ticking rustle everywhere when the wind blew. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Virginia Woolf Meanwhile, let us abolish the ticking of time’s clock with one blow. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Oscar Wilde The formal monotonous ticking of the Louis Quatorze clock annoyed him. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Eliot So the hours passed, to the loud ticking of the old day-clock and the sound of Adam’s tools. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Theodore Dreiser Above them sat the mayor, before them reporters, ticking in shorthand every phrase and word. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins For some minutes nothing disturbed the deep silence but the faint ticking of a clock. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Thomas Hardy After the accustomed ticking the dead silence was oppressive. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

George Gissing The ticking of the clock became audible. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

But he could hear only the ticking of the big clock in the hall below and the faint sounds of his own breathing. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

D. H. Lawrence The two were left in silence: only the little clock ticking away. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

The ticking of an old eight-day clock in the hall had a ghastly sound in the dead silence of the house, and an industrious mouse made itself distinctly heard behind the wainscot. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett He hesitated a moment on the mat, and he could hear the calm ticking of the clock in the kitchen and see the red glint of the kitchen fire against the wall. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins The silence that followed was so intense that the faint ticking nibble of the white mice at their wires was distinctly audible where I stood. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

What, I wondered, could be the matter with it? Often enough before had it stopped, but Aunt Judy’s treatment with the bellows had always set it ticking again. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

In the first moment of rage he must have punched away at his pillow with his terrible fists, for the ticking was split and the feathers were coming out. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

M. P. Shiel Silly of me to send her that thing! whose silly insistence on ticking must have made her laugh at it and me. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

The only sounds to be heard in the room were his regular breathing and the ticking of the clock. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Mark Twain Next the ghastly ticking of a deathwatch in the wall at the bed’s head made Tom shudder — it meant that somebody’s days were numbered. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Edgar Allan Poe The ticking of the machinery amused me. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

George Eliot The kettle was singing, and the clock was ticking steadily towards four o’clock. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Mrs Verloc cared nothing for time, and the ticking went on. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

G. K. Chesterton She waited, rather as she would have sat watching a round, black bomb that was ticking and smoking in the parlour. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

M. P. Shiel A minute later she reared, fell back, and the room was suddenly still and rid of her death-rattle, as when a clock stops, and a death stillness is heard where a ticking was heard. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

It was like some futile little machine ticking over. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson But I seem to perceive,’ he added, ‘a certain sound of ticking in this box. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

The dog-faced postmistress was sitting in her brass-barred cage at the end of the counter, ticking figures in a long shaped account book. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett Behind the counter an instrument was ticking unheeded, and far within could be discerned the vague bodies of men dealing with parcels. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells In summer he wears loose garments of ticking tacked together with string; there is usually one of those straw baskets upon his head that workmen use for their tools, and he is barefooted. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Guy de Maupassant A hidden timepiece kept regularly ticking in its dark corner, and through the open window the soft odors of hay and of woods penetrated with faint gleams of moonlight. A Dead Woman’s Secret (La Veillée) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Paul locked the door upon his valet, and then went back into the lonely house, where the ticking of the clocks in the tenantless rooms sounded unnaturally loud in the stillness. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Do you agree to that?” “Of course,” said the young man, cheerfully, “they’re a nuisance, anyway—always ticking and striking and getting you late for dinner. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson But where I was, all was darkness and silence, save the dry monotonous ticking of the clock that came ceaselessly up to my ear. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle She had never noticed that ticking before, but now it was like the hammering of a nail into her head. The Retirement of Signor Lambert by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins She sank lower on the cushions — her eyes closed — the monotonous ticking of the clock on the mantelpiece grew drowsily fainter and fainter on her ear. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George Eliot Would his uncle give him a place in the bank? It would be very dull, prosy work, he thought, writing there forever to the loud ticking of a timepiece. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

At its highest speed this ticking changed into a continuous sound of trickling. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Charles Dickens She turned to him upon the threshold, as the rain was dripping from the porch, and said: ‘“O sir, it is the Death-watch ticking for me!” ‘“Well!” he answered. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle The ticking of the Kimberley-made clock and the crackling of the fire appeared to be almost oppressively loud in the complete stillness. The Stone of Boxman’s Drift by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rudyard Kipling Over and above all, was the damning lip-strapped Waterbury, ticking away in the palm of her shaking, withered hand. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Virginia Woolf It was past eleven, and the clocks had come into their reign, the grandfather’s clock in the hall ticking in competition with the small clock on the landing. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

The old-fashioned clock with the twelve-hour face was ticking away on the mantelpiece. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim A little French clock is ticking on the mantelpiece, and a piece of burning log falls off into the grate with a little splutter. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Thomas Hardy The ticking of the clock was the only sound that greeted him, for not a soul remained; Christian, who acted as cook, valet, and gardener to Clym, sleeping at his father’s house. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Even when he tried to read, the loud ticking of the wretched time-piece came between him and the sense of the page upon which his eyes were fixed, and the monotonous sound seemed to deafen him. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Guy de Maupassant The fire was burning on the hearth and the great dog was snoring in front of it, and the clock was ticking as regularly as a heart beating, in its case of resounding wood. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Nor was it the loud ticking clock on the mantel-piece with its hand pointing silently to the hour of eleven. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Elizabeth Gaskell The ticking of the house clock sounded through the dark quiet house. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Mary Webb Long after Edward had locked the house up and shut his door, after the ticking of the clock had ceased to be incidental and become portentous, Hazel lay and tried to think. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Thomas Hardy Nothing is now heard but the ticking of a quaint old timepiece on the summit of a bookcase. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

She had become aware of a ticking sound in the room. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Oscar Wilde The ticking of the clock on the mantelpiece seemed to him to be dividing Time into separate atoms of agony, each of which was too terrible to be borne. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy Presently there arose from within a ticking like the love-making of the grasshopper. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He had done that deed, he had killed that lion, and, ticking it off from his list of celebrities as one celebrity disposed of, he thought but little more about it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Guy de Maupassant But the clock in the hall kept on ticking every second; and Rosalie, lost in astonishment, came to seek out Caravan, who darted a fierce glance at her, as she threw down his serviette. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Rudyard Kipling Take a Newman’s Bradshaw and a blue pencil, and race up and down the length of the Empire, ticking off the names of the stations ‘done. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Algernon Blackwood It was a kind of fairyland where flowers never died, where motion was swift as thought, and life seemed meted out on a more lavish scale than by the meagre measurements of ticking clocks. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins The crackling of the fire and the ticking of the clock were the only sounds audible in the room. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Mark Twain The ticking of the clock began to bring itself into notice. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Amongst the few spectators already there was cross-grained Molly, pocketing her ill-temper and for once meaning to be gracious to Grizzel. Ten o’clock struck, and the big old clock went ticking on. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

Ping-ping, ping-ping — a note of doom! The ticking of the alarm clock on the mantelpiece became audible to Gordon again, bringing with it the consciousness of the sinister passage of time. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The ticking of the clock was the only sound in the quiet. The Reconciliation by H. G. Wells [1895]

Near at hand some kind of instrument was ticking slowly and regularly. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arthur Morrison All was quiet in the house, and the ticking of a watch on the dressing-table was distinct in the ear. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

An old-fashioned glass clock with a twelve-hour face was ticking away on the mantelpiece. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing It is a joy to go through booksellers’ catalogues, ticking here and there a possible purchase. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

George Meredith The intervals for a word to pass between them were long, and the ticking of the time-piece fronting the death-bed ruled the chamber, scarcely varied. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Oscar Wilde A fly buzzed noisily about the room, and the ticking of the clock was like the beat of a hammer. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Marie Corelli Only the slow ticking of the big old-fashioned clock in Madame Patoux’s kitchen, which was next door to the room they were all in, could be distinctly heard. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

G. K. Chesterton She found herself ticking off the cases like counts in an indictment. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

It resembled the ticking of a clock in a room full of voices, only occasionally possible to be picked up by the ear. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins The ticking of the clock annoyed me; the crackling of the fire startled me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing After all, there came a day when Edwin Reardon found himself regularly at work once more, ticking off his stipulated quantum of manuscript each four-and-twenty hours. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

The ticking of the Doctor’s old-fashioned watch came through it from his waistcoat pocket. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

H. G. Wells If there’s damage done, put it down in the bill,” and he went on ticking a list in the exercise book before him. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

E. F. Benson At intervals the voice of her husband said “Theodosia!” like a clock striking, but the ticking went on all the same. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell To sit in a lonely room — the clock ticking loud through a still house — and have open before the mind’s eye the record of the last year, with its shocks, sufferings, losses — is a trial. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]