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As Tight as a Tick

Posted by Michele on August 26, 2009 at 08:21

As Tight as a Tick... I'm not seeing the origins of this saying. I'm under the impression this came from U.S. The 'South' to be precise. It means to tighten the 'ticking' on a bed before sleeping in it. The 'ticking' being the strap that runs in a zigzag pattern under the mattress. This was explained at a tour of a plantation in Atlanta, Georgia. Is this in fact where this comes from?