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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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I STILL want to hear back about the debate over tinkling or tickling the ivories.
ONE of the world's top pianists will be tickling the ivories for music fans at a city venue this week.
THERE'S a trio of top jazz pianists tickling the ivories in Coventry next week.
So thehamster starts tickling the ivories, the pubis in uproar and the guy gets his pint for free.
At the moment, we can't even have a lone pianist quietly tickling the ivories.
And come Tuesday, veteran piano performer and ex-Pasadena restaurateur Bill Maldonado will be tickling the ivories of the dining room's baby grand.
Nat Needle is a bit of a fixture at Nick's Bar and Restaurant, tickling the ivories either on his own or backing up any number of singers, sirens and chanteuses.
He said all kinds of pianists, of all ages and abilities, have been tickling the ivories.
HE'S known as the Piano Man - and Billy Joel should soon be back tickling the ivories after a double hip replacement.