One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Steal or embezzle, especially by recording false amounts on a cash register.‘he tickled the peter of a West End company’
- ‘I wasn't a broken-down jockey, or a book-keeper who'd done a stretch for tickling the peter, like the others.’
- ‘He was so utterly rapt in the man that he would tickle the peter for him without compunction.’
- ‘One or two of them have tickled the peter and skedaddled out of the country.’
- ‘It didn't matter what we took, half of it was ours—we just tickled the peter.’
- ‘I'm a lurker and cheater, I've tickled the peter.’
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