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tickle

verb uk   /ˈtɪk.l̩/ us  

tickle verb (RUB SKIN)

[T] to touch someone lightly with your fingers, making them slightly uncomfortable and often making them laugh: Stop! You're tickling me! I tickled her feet and she laughed. [I or T] If a part of the body tickles, or if something tickles it, it feels slightly uncomfortable and you want to rub it: My nose is tickling, I think I'm going to sneeze.

tickle verb (PLEASE)

[T often passive] informal If something tickles you, you find it funny or it pleases you: old-fashioned I was tickled pink (= very pleased) to hear the news.

tickle

noun [S] uk   /ˈtɪk.l̩/ us  

tickle noun [S] (TOUCH)

give sb a tickle to tickle someone

tickle noun [S] (COUGH)

an unpleasant feeling in your throat that makes you want to cough
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