Etymology
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uptick (n.)

"upward trend," 1962, an economist's term, from up (adv.) + tick (v.), in reference to some recording mechanism.

updated on March 03, 2014

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Definitions of uptick from WordNet

uptick (n.)
a transaction in the stock market at a price above the price of the preceding transaction;
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