In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- Ben sat quietly, listening to the tick-tock of the grandfather clock.
- The tick-tock of the clock was amplified and I glanced at it as a reflex.
- It speaks of winter days sitting snug and cosy, the lamp lighting my page, toes gently toasting, and the quiet tick-tock of the clock.
- She could hear the sounds of an empty, sleeping house; the tick-tock of the grandfather clock in the hallway, the dripping of a tap in the bathroom next to her, the low snuffling snores of her Dad next door.
- The two neurones alternate in activity, like the steady tick-tock of a clock.
- You can feel it throbbing and it's this, like the tick-tock of a clock, that sends you back to sleep.
- And as she listened, the tick-tock of the clock on the wall seemed to fill her head and as Alana's lips moved all she could hear was a strange drone that only her ears could decipher.
- Each day, he sits on the edge of his bed, head hung in a state of lonely tristesse while the mellifluous tick-tock of a grandfather clock marks time.
- The search for rhythmic patterns is so ingrained that given the persistent ticking of a clock we organise the beat into a pattern of tick-tock.
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