Meaning: piano keys
- Lay down a groove on those skins, my man, and I'll start tinklin' the ivories when the baby's rockin'.
- And that's Mr. Ron Carter on double bass, Mr. Wayne Shorter on saxophone, and the cool cat on the ivories over there is Mr. Joe Zawinul!
Origin: Piano keys were traditionally made out of ivory from an elephant's tusk.
Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.
If someone's playing the ivories, they'll be
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Contributor: Matt Errey