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tickle the ivories

Slang definitions & phrases for tickle the ivories

tickle the ivories

verb phrase

To play the piano, esp to play it well (1906+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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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. [ ; first half of 1900s ]
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