Well, if anyone ought be allowed to belabor this image, it would be you, Thomas Tompion.People often say I don't know what makes him tick, to mean that they don't understand a person, what gives them pleasure, what are the mainsprings of their being, to labour the image. It's a particular way of saying you don't know how to deal with someone.
Could anyone help me understand the meaning of this question: "What makes him tick?" Is it transformable into "What makes him behave this way?"
--What makes him tick
= What turns him on (not sexually)
= What's his thing
= What blows him away
= What makes him kick
@ bibliolept & TT (Thomas Tompion):
Gentlemen, I confess I am the silly one on EO, yet I understand your joke (maybe not a joke...) perfectly (bring me a more difficult one next time, will you? )