tickle the ivories

tickle the ivories

to play the piano. I used to be able to tickle the ivories real nice. She sat down to tickle the ivories for a while.
See also: ivory, tickle

tickle the ivories

to play the piano She writes and produces her own music, and also tickles the ivories on her new album.
Usage notes: usually refers to playing the piano informally rather than in a concert
Etymology: from the literal meaning of ivories (piano keys)
See also: ivory, tickle

tickle/tinkle the ivories

  (humorous)
to play the piano
Usage notes: The parts of a piano that you press to play it used to be made of a hard white substance called ivory.
Grandma could tickle the ivories like a professional.
See also: ivory, tickle

tickle the ivories

Play the piano, as in He went on tickling the ivories until three in the morning. This expression alludes to a piano's keys, traditionally made of ivory. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]
See also: ivory, tickle

tickle the ivories

tv. to play the piano. I used to be able to tickle the ivories real nice.
See also: ivory, tickle
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50 Tickle the Ivories To book a slot on one of the pianos, visit culture.
The talented star also said he would be a better pianist if he had the time to tickle the ivories more.
And yesterday, James and Jeremy returned to the home to tickle the ivories kindly provided by Mike and the band.
We heard moments of brilliance from the man himself and it was a pleasant surprise when he reached for the guitar, allowing his brother (Christopher Holland) to tickle the ivories.
She said that her boobs then go on the keys, and she just lets them tickle the ivories.
Producer Morna Fergusson revealed yesterday that without an accompanist prepared to volunteer their time to tickle the ivories the group's 50th year could be their last.
HE'S worked with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell and Rizzle Kicks, but Jamie Cullum would love to tickle the ivories for one of the biggest superstars on the planet.
Ballplayers love to visit; Mark McGwire and the Giants' Barry Zito often stop in, and late Phillies' announcer Harry Kalas used to tickle the ivories and belt a few songs.
Events including piano festival Tickle the Ivories and The Beach on Chavasse Park contributed to visitor numbers throughout the summer.
As we watch Logan renovate a fixer-upper and tickle the ivories on a neglected piano, we're reminded of Ryan Gosling's character in The Notebook.
PIANISTS have just two more weeks to tickle the ivories in Liverpool One.
Liu began playing piano five years ago, often practicing for seven hours a day, training his toes to tickle the ivories and shot to fame as a contestant on China's Got Talent.
PIANISTS were given the chance to tickle the ivories on a world-famous piano at a North East prep school.
anyone who wants to immerse themselves in learning and creating music will soon have a new place to tickle the ivories or sing out a tune.
YOUNG keyboard players in Coventry will get the chance to tickle the ivories en-masse this summer - and record a special composition.