ticking


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ticking

a strong cotton fabric, often striped, used esp for mattress and pillow covers
References in classic literature ?
The figure of a man advanced in life, whose smooth grey eyebrows seemed to move to the ticking as the fire-light flickered on them, sat in an arm-chair, with his list shoes on the rug, and his thumbs slowly revolving over one another.
She had become aware of a ticking sound in the room.
You hear the ticking of his watch; his breath you do not hear.