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tick·ling

(tik'ling),
Denoting a peculiar itching or tingling sensation caused by excitation of surface nerves, as of the skin by light stroking.

tickling

a gentle stimulation of the skin surface that produces pleasurable reflexes.

tickling

(tik'ling)
Gentle stimulation of a sensitive surface and its reflex effect, such as involuntary laughter. Synonym: titillation

tick·ling

(tik'ling)
Denoting a peculiar itching or tingling sensation caused by excitation of surface nerves, as of the skin by light stroking.
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In his ticklish position he nearly lost his balance and only just avoided rolling over into the road, the horse, though a powerful one, being fortunately the quietest he rode.
Volumnia, not being supposed to know (and indeed not knowing) what is the matter, has found it a ticklish task to offer appropriate observations and consequently has supplied their place with distracting smoothings of the bed-linen, elaborate locomotion on tiptoe, vigilant peeping at her kinsman's eyes, and one exasperating whisper to herself of, "He is asleep.
I got the poison from a blamed Indian away west, and it's ruther ticklish stuff.
And as the fear of being measured still possessed me, 'Take care,' said I to him, 'what you are going to do with me; I am very ticklish, I warn you.
I should not expect this attack to be fatal, though of course the system is in a ticklish state.
Facing the huge cat, which I now saw was an enormous panther, I waited until I could place a shot where I felt it would do the most good, for at best a frontal shot at any of the large carnivora is a ticklish matter.
Be prudent in this matter, for we have a court of justice and a prison here at Haarlem, and, moreover, we are exceedingly ticklish as far as the honour of our tulips is concerned.
I was rounding up at the time, alongside the shoal--a ticklish place--headsails running down and losing way, so I says, 'Excuse me, Miss Lackland,' and yells for'ard, 'Let go
just as it makes a man happy to lend a hand to a pal in a ticklish place, or a lover happy to put his coat around the girl he loves to keep her warm.
Pickup knew the raw and ticklish state of the surface, however, far too well, to allow of even an attempt at performing this process, and solemnly asserted, that he was acquainted with no cleansing preparation which could be used on the Rembrandt without danger of "flaying off the last exquisite glazings of the immortal master's brush.
I wonder if I should shake your sublime confidence in yourself, if I suggested the most ticklish subject to handle which is known to the stage?
It was a ticklish business in every way; and my man wisely took a person with him who was known in the neighborhood.