Ticked off

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"to be ticked off" / "to tick somebody off"

Meaning: to be very angry

Similar Expressions
  • She was ticked off.
  • She was pissed off.
  • She was very angry.
  • She was furious.
When do we use it?

We can use this expression to describe a person's feelings.
  • I am ticked off.
  • Mark was ticked off yesterday.
We can also use this expression to show what makes a person angry.
  • She ticks me off.
  • Lying ticks her off.
How do we use it?

Use this expression after a "be verb" when showing a person feels angry.
  • She was ticked off because her friends left without her.
  • I am ticked off because I got a bad score on my speaking test.
We can use sentences like the one below to show that one thing or person causes somebody to become or be angry. Put the person that is angry in between "tick" and "off".
  • Gary ticks me off when he brags about his accomplishments.
  • The results ticked Ben off.
Here is one more very common sentence pattern that is used by a lot of native English speakers.
  • It ticks me off when people throw their trash on the ground.
  • It ticks her off when she can't do something well.
  • It ticks him off when his son doesn't study hard.
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