1. (Aus.) a cat o’ nine tails.
|Australian (Sydney) 12 May 4/1: [T]he boatswain’s mate stood ready with ‘the tickle,’ called cat-o’-nine-tails, [...] the grating was already secured in a perpendicular position to the ring-bolts, and the sailor pinioned by the wrists to the grating.|
2. (UK Und., also tickler) a robbery or other crime, esp. a successful and lucrative one.
|‘The Great Bond Robbery’ in Old Sleuth’s Freaky Female Detectives (1990) 67/1: He must come down handsome when it’s a ‘tickler’ [...] I intend to get every dollar of that little ‘lift.’.et al.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 333: tickle (a) : A successful deal.|
|Phenomena in Crime 34: Gangland went en fête when Nobby had a ‘tickle.’.|
|Und. Nights 11: With a bit of luck Sapphire might have the tickle of a lifetime, and, at the very least, a couple of grand.|
|(con. 1920s) Burglar to the Nobility 15: Knowing that if it was a nice tickle there would definitely be a bag of oats for him [i.e. a horse].|
|Burden of Proof 5: It was indeed business, a very profitable tickle.|
|Too Many Crooks Spoil the Caper 24: Louie say anything about a nice little tickle he might have coming up?|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 37: Look, I’ve had a little tickle.|
|Indep. Weekend Rev. 26 Dec. 1: I’ve got a litte tyckle going off with some tomfoolery.‘Sir Gawayne and the Grene Knight’ in|
|Layer Cake 100: Much as I don’t like working with these reprobates we could all have a right tickle here.|
|Decent Ride 35: If somebodyt offers ye a wee tickle n it looks tasty, then aye.|
3. a success in gambling.
|Signs of Crime 204: Tickle [...] a medium-sized betting success: ‘A nice little tickle!’.|
|Lowspeak 138: Tickle – money obtained in a slightly louche way e.g. a successful theft, con trick, win on the horses.|
4. (Aus.) a physical beating.
|Fatty 163: ‘He was telling Gilly about one of the Manly moves so that he could give Crusher Cleal a tickle on the weekend’.|