to tickle someone's fancy

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - tickle someone's fancy

"to tickle someone's fancy"

to please or amuse someone in a light-hearted way;

to be intriguing or of interest to someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - tickle someone's fancy

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I see there has been an internal job posting in Calgary put up on the board. Are you interested?

Colleague 2: Not really. Calgary has never really tickled my fancy. I think I would be more interested in Vancouver or Toronto.

Colleague 1: I've always thought Calgary would be an interesting place to live. I think I'll apply.

Colleague 2: Good luck.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - tickle someone's fancy

A couple are talking at a restaurant ...

Husband: Anything on the menu that tickles your fancy?

Wife: The wood-fired artisan pizza looks really good. And you? What are you going to have?

Husband: The Chef's Surprise looks intriguing. You know how I like to experiment with new tastes.

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to tickle someone's fancy - Usage:


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to tickle someone's fancy - Gerund Form:

Tickling my fancy, I bought the advertised product because I thought it might be fun.

to tickle someone's fancy - Examples:

1)  Please feel free to "Like" or "Share" any story or post that tickles your fancy.

2)  I hope you find something that tickles your fancy! Feel free to check out the other collections here and here.

3)  ... download a free sample of the book if it's the sort of thing that tickles your fancy.

4)  There's always somewhere new opening up, so stroll around until something tickles your fancy

5)  Or if frolicking with the Kangaroos in Australia tickles your fancy, we have a tour for you too! 

6)  Head to the Market Square if this idea tickles your fancy and you'll find an abundance of carriages ready and waiting.

7)  ... and then be sure to vote for that which tickles your fancy in the T3 Gadget Awards 2010 for a shot at winning an iPad.

8)  If hiking in Ireland tickles your fancy, why not use one of the many waymarked ways.

9)  ... well thought out breakfast menu means that you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

10)  I got distracted along the way and stopped off at some other destinations that tickled my fancy or sprung a surprise on me so I'll tell you about those.

11)  I'd also seen some cool pics of an unfinished metro in the Netherlands that tickled my fancy

12)  That is what tickled my fancy. So I bought a copy.

13)  Not the two-inch kitten ones. Those never tickled my fancy. I'm talking about the five-inch stiletto heels.

14)  Wonderful stuff, but what really tickled my fancy was looking at some of the demographics on the election.

15)  History hunters and culture vultures should find that no place tickles their fancy more than the old town in Corfu.

16)  My thought, you have to learn and grow into people to know what tickles their fancy, what puts them off. 

17)  We also have heard that women love shoes; nothing tickles their fancy as much as hit footwear.

18)  There'll be drinks aplenty including Kraken cocktails to tickle your fancy.

19)  Be yourself at all times. Paint the world with the colours that tickle your fancy.

20)  If riding boots don't tickle your fancy, then how about a pair of lace up boots?