tickle the ivories

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tickle the ivory/ivories

To play the piano. An allusion to its white keys, which were formerly made of ivory. My father used to love tickling the ivories after dinner. My friends asked if I would tickle the ivory at their wedding reception.
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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.
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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

INFORMAL
If someone tickles the ivories, they play the piano. Peter Brown tickles the ivories tonight at the Mercury Lounge alongside bassist Chris Breitner.
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tickle (or tinkle) the ivories

play the piano. informal
The ivories are the white keys of the piano, traditionally made of ivory.
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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Our jaws dropped open when we first heard Tokio Myers tinkle the ivories on Britain's Got Talent.
I once liked the vague idea that if they started young, as adults they'd be able to spontaneously leap up at any given party - and tinkle the ivories until the place was pumping like a 1920s speakeasy.
The musician admits regret that he wasn't tempted to tinkle the ivories because he was too nervous.
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But Zola, pictured right, has no time to tinkle the ivories any more.
The 49-year-old presenter has been persuaded to tinkle the ivories by one of her guests on Saturday Night With Miriam which begins at 9.
Businessman Andrew Studley, 40, wanted to tinkle the ivories to entertain friends at the end of a night out on a luxury cruise liner.
And the U2 star said that learning to tinkle the ivories has given him a whole new lease of life.
Samia was in Navan to tinkle the ivories at the new Palace Piano bar but got into a bit of a fix with a rogue bottle of champagne.
There's a piano in the adjoining lounge and people are welcome to tinkle the ivories.
Jac Armstrong,of Dyserth, shows you'renever too young to tinkle the ivories.
Singer Bryan is now taking lessons so he can tinkle the ivories on stage - just like idol Billy Joel.
They will tinkle the ivories at a performance to raise money for Butterwick Hospice tomorrow.
A great number of Motown classics were recorded here between 1959 and 1972, and the tiny room still boasts the original flooring, microphones and piano, which you can sit at and tinkle the ivories.
She took great delight in bragging that "she used to tinkle the ivories a bit".