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Tickle the ivories

>Play the piano

This colloquial expression derives from the fact that the white keys of piano keyboards used always to be veneered with ivory, and a few still are. Though this is comparitively a new expression, the term “tickling” had long been used to describe musical instruments.


>I learned to tickle the ivories from a very young age so I’ve been dreaming of getting a grand piano for most of my life.
>My friends asked if I would tickle the ivory at their wedding reception.

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