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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

give somebody a tinkle

  (old-fashioned, informal)
to telephone someone Okay then, I'll give you a tinkle when I get home.
See tickle the ivories
See also: give, tinkle

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

tinkle

1. in. to urinate. (Mostly juvenile use. Usually objectionable.) Jimmy, be sure and tinkle before we leave.
2. n. urine. (Essentially juvenile. Usually objectionable.) There’s tinkle on the bathroom floor.
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Mr Tinkles likes dressing up about as much as he enjoys bath night.
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Top Sinatra sound-alike tinkles back to what he does best with ten classic love songs that sound equally good in a smoky club or dimly lit love chamber.
Tinkles required some 14 million individual hairs on his computer-animated reproduction to make him look authentic.
Tinkles, a Mussolini type, imagines he's too good for the movie.
Much of this disc is very sweet-natured, all boops and tinkles and gentle harmonies.
On most other nights, a more friendly piano tinkles in the upper reaches.