an itching palm

an itching palm

What one is said to have when they need or want a tip or bribe. A: "I can't believe that guy at the desk actually answered all of your questions!" B: "Ah, he just had an itching palm—a little money made him more inclined to talk."
See also: itch, palm

an itching palm

an avaricious or greedy nature.
1937 Wyndham Lewis The Revenge for Love Had Alvaro been bribed? Had such a man an itching palm like the rest of them?
See also: itch, palm
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The doctor with an itching palm is to be avoided -- one who will leave his work and make an insurance examination or a call that will net him a few dollars.