tickle someone's fancy
- (idiomatic) To amuse, entertain, or appeal to someone; to stimulate someone's imagination in a favorable manner.
1839, Charles Dickens, chapter 11, in Nicholas Nickleby:
- But the notion of Ralph Nickleby having directed it to be done, tickled his fancy so much, that he could not refrain from cracking all his ten fingers in succession.
- 1895 October 1, "‘The People’ Name Judge Gaynor," New York Times, p. 2 (retrieved 29 July 2009):
- Mr. Adams, who loves a joke, and is not a lunatic, notwithstanding his opening words, tickled their fancy for an hour with quotations from Shakespeare and the editorial columns of The Brooklyn Eagle.
- 2005 April 9, Sam Marlowe, "Vagina Monologues" (theatre review), Times Online (UK) (retrieved 29 July 2009):
- If you’re looking for something that tickles your fancy, and now and then even stirs your soul, this just might hit the G-spot.