Definition: tick-thock, noun:
- Thick reluctant sound of a clock allergic to time.
- A bug you really really really don’t want climbing in your sock in the woods.
Nowhere did the second hand of the clock sound more labored than in the school library. The Tick-THOCK, Tick-THOCK of the mules of minutes lugging the preceding millennia in their packs. (p. 170, River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa)