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tickle

(tĭk′l) [ME. tikelen]
1. Peculiar sensation caused by titillation or touching, esp. in certain areas of the body, resulting in reflex muscular movements, laughter, or other forms of emotional expression.
2. To arouse such a sensation by touching a surface lightly.
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Jeff Goldblum tickled the ivories, leading the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in a selection of jazzed-up TV-show theme songs, while the show's stars -- January Jones, Jon Hamm, Rosemarie DeWitt, Vincent Kartheiser, Maggie Siff, John Slattery and Christina Hendricks -- worked on creating their own version of a new-millennium Rat Pack.
As he tickled the ivories, Ben, who used to play Scotland with his Doors tribute band, exclusively told the Razz: "This is a real chance for me to get back to my roots.
My grandpapa would have tickled the ivories as grandmama sang Schubert songs, while mother and her brother listened attentively, then expressed their delight in polite applause.
Harrington, now a quarterback with the National Football League's Detroit Lions, tickled the ivories Friday evening to launch the school of music's $15.