tick off the list

Definition

The idiom ‘tick off the list’ means to check off or complete a task that is on a list.

Examples

I’m working my way down the list, ticking off each task one by one.

I’m nearly finished with my to-do list; just a few more boxes to tick off.

Origin

The origin of this phrase is unknown, but it has been in use since at least the early 20th century.

FAQs

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What does it mean to tick off the list?

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To check off or complete a task that is on a list.

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How long has this idiom been in use?

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Since at least the early 20th century.