tick over; tone in with; tone up

tick over
(英) (生意、工作或系統幾乎沒有進展地) 緩慢進行 (美式英語為 tick along)
They are keeping things ticking over until the manager returns. (在經理回來之前,他們做事都是慢吞吞的)
The business of the company has been ticking over for some time. (這家公司的生意已有一段時間都是停滯不前的)

tick over
(引擎) 空轉
He's left the car with the engine ticking over. (他離開了汽車,讓引擎空轉著)

tone in with +
(顏色) 相配
The blue of your scarf tones in with your jacket. (你的藍圍巾正好與夾克相配)

tone * up +
(通常指透過鍛鍊) 使 (身體部位) 更強健
This is a great exercise for toning up your stomach muscles. (這種鍛鍊對增強腹部肌肉大有好處)

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