ticking


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ticking

a strong cotton fabric, often striped, used esp for mattress and pillow covers
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There was a long silence, broken only by the ticking of the great gilded clock on the chimney-piece.
He was lying on a piece of dingy ticking full of lumps and nubbles.
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.
After a time I grew composed enough to become aware of the ticking of the clock, even to take pleasure in it.
The mantelpieces are wide and high, and have not only time-pieces and cabbages sculptured over the front, but a real time-piece, which makes a prodigious ticking, on the top in the middle, with a flower-pot containing a cabbage standing on each extremity by way of outrider.