to have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected:
My nose itches.
to cause such a feeling:
This shirt itches.
Informal. to scratch a part that itches.
to have a desire to do or get something:
to itch after fame.
to cause to have an itch:
His wool shirt always itches him.
Informal. to scratch (a part that itches):
to itch a mosquito bite.
to annoy; vex; irritate:
Her remarks itched me.
the sensation of itching.
an uneasy or restless desire or longing:
an itch for excitement.
a contagious disease caused by the , which burrows into the skin (usually preceded by the).
Inside the itch, extreme weather—both flooding and drought—seem to be intensifying.
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Pauline was born in Corsica in 1780 with an itch to scratch.
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LIBRA Your palms may itch, signaling a cash infusion is on the horizon.
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The 18-month itch hits every administration—and some of these folks are heading for new jobs with their belief in Obama intact.
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They will always have the itch to be going, whether the going is good or not.
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Those substances that are known to destroy the insect that produces the itch, cure the malady.
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But he did not shoot, though one could see how his fingers must itch for the feel of the trigger.
Good Indian B. M. Bower
In Westphalia, they are peculiarly troubled with peripneumonies and the itch.
The Book of Curiosities I. Platts
There was nothing under heaven their fingers did not itch to change.
The Harbor Ernest Poole
The Filipinos use the infusion locally for itch with good results.
The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines T. H. Pardo de Tavera
an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
a restless desire
any skin disorder, such as scabies, characterized by intense itching
(intransitive) to feel or produce an irritating or tickling sensation
(intransitive) to have a restless desire (to do something)
(not standard) to scratch (the skin)
itching palm, a grasping nature; avarice
have itchy feet, to be restless; have a desire to travel
Old English gicce, from giccan (v.) “to itch” (see itch (v.)). Sense of “restless desire” is first attested 1530s; itching in this sense is from mid-14c.
Old English giccan “to itch,” from West Germanic *jukkjan (cf. Middle Dutch jöken “to itch,” Old High German jucchen, German jucken). Related: Itched; itching.
An irritating skin sensation causing a desire to scratch.
Any of various skin disorders, such as scabies, marked by intense irritation and itching.
v. itched, itch·ing, itch·es
To feel, have, or produce an itch.
of or relating to the theories of T. R. , which state that population tends to increase faster, at a geometrical ratio, than the means of subsistence, which increases at an arithmetical ratio, and that this will result in an inadequate supply of the goods supporting life unless war, famine, or disease reduces the population […]
the act or manner of ; handling, direction, or control. skill in ; executive ability: great management and tact. the person or persons controlling and directing the affairs of a business, institution, etc.: The store is under new management. executives collectively, considered as a class (distinguished from ). Contemporary Examples That might seem an odd […]
a comic or grotesque performance, as a dance, presented before or between the acts of a masque. Historical Examples Antimask, antimasque, an′ti-mask, n. a ridiculous interlude dividing the parts of the more serious mask. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various noun a comic or grotesque dance, presented between the acts of […]
a member of the or a supporter of its principles. Historical Examples This excitement divided the political parties into Mason and Anti-Mason factions. Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis