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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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The ruins of Kilchurn Castle and the surrounding mountains are reflected in beautiful Loch Awe; Picture: Scottish Viewpoint; Geoff tickles the ivories at Ardanaiseig while Donna explores the stunning woodland around Loch Awe
Better still, a chandelier is lowered, as Lavigne - dressed in her customary black jeans and dirty T-shirt - tickles the ivories on piano-penned numbers.
It wouldn't be Hogmanay without Jools Holland's Hootenanny (BBC2 11.55pm) where the host tickles the ivories with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra.