tickle to death

tickle (one) to death

To please one greatly. Thank you so much for this. I know that it will tickle Tom to death to get a jersey signed by his favorite quarterback. My family loves my girlfriend almost as much as I do, so it tickled them to death to hear that we're getting married.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tickle someone to death

1. Fig. to tickle someone a great deal. Bobby nearly tickled Tim to death. Tim was left breathless. We got him down and tickled him to death.
2. and tickle someone to pieces Fig. to please someone a great deal. (See also tickle someone pink.) What you told her just tickled her to death! That story just tickles me to pieces.
See also: death, tickle, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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