Definition of tickle the ivories in US English:

tickle the ivories

phrase

informal
  • Play the piano.

    • ‘American David Bartley might well have been a drummer if he hadn't discovered his talent for tickling the ivories!’
    • ‘The month is rounded off in style with the Alexander Brothers, one of Scotland's leading bands tickling the ivories on the 24th of the month.’
    • ‘A pianist is preparing to tickle the ivories for 15 hours to raise money for her church and help people battle breast cancer.’
    • ‘The winner of the 1992 Preston Guild Piano Competition will be tickling the ivories from 1.05 pm.’
    • ‘For a couple of hours most evenings this tousle-haired young musician tickles the ivories with an eclectic but always virtuoso style.’
    • ‘Williams loves to play the piano and has entertained his staff with some wonderful work tickling the ivories, as well as exhibiting a sound understanding of the nuanced area of wine appreciation.’
    • ‘Plus, Marit strums guitar and Marion tickles the ivories.’
    • ‘Anyone with an urge to tickle the ivories is free to use the grand piano in the atrium.’
    • ‘Unsurprisingly, as the son of possibly the world's most famous amateur jazz pianist, Eastwood started his musical life tickling the ivories.’
    • ‘But at 81, he can't tickle the ivories as smoothly as he used to.’