- Gradually Barcelona had petered out in that first half, Ronaldinho in particular.
- A path petered out a few feet from my washing line at the back.
- The men in green will be disappointed with their performance as their smooth first half petered out in the second.
Early 19th century: of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with peterAkita, Anita, arboreta, beater, beta, Bhagavadgita, cheater, cheetah, Demeter, Dieter, dolce vita, eater, eta, Evita, excreta, fetor, granita, greeter, heater, Juanita, litre (US liter), Lolita, maltreater, margarita, meter, metre, Peta, praetor (US pretor), repeater, Rita, saltpetre (US saltpeter), secretor, Senhorita, señorita, Sita, skeeter, teeter, terra incognita, theta, treater, tweeter, ureter, veleta, zeta
tickle the peter
- Australian /NZ informal Steal or embezzle, especially by recording false amounts on a cash register: he tickled the peter of a West End companyMore example sentences
- I wasn't a broken-down jockey, or a book-keeper who'd done a stretch for tickling the peter, like the others.
- One or two of them have tickled the peter and skedaddled out of the country.
- I'm a lurker and cheater, I've tickled the peter.
Late Middle English: from the given name Peter, applied in many transferred uses. Current senses date from the 19th century.
Late 19th century: from Blue Peter (the invitation to one's partner to play a further lead in the suit being likened to the raising of this flag).
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