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make (someone's) teeth itch

1. To greatly irritate or annoy someone, especially to the point of affecting his or her nerves. Nothing makes my teeth itch like seeing these cyclists run every red light in town! I don't know what it is about Terry, but there's something about his demeanor that just makes my teeth itch!
2. To cause someone to be especially upset, nervous, or uncomfortable. Please don't tell me about your surgery—it makes my teeth itch hearing about blood and gore.
See also: itch, make, teeth

*itch for something

a desire for something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) l have an itch for some ice cream. We had an itch for a good movie, so we went.
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itch for something

Fig. to desire something. I'm just itching for a visit from Amy. We are itching for some chocolate.
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*itch to do something

Fig. a desire to do something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I have an itch to see a movie tonight. Tom has an itch to go swimming.
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*itchy palm

 and *itching palm
Fig. [of a hand] in need of a tip. (As if placing money in the palm would stop the itching. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) All the waiters at that restaurant have itchy palms. The cabdriver was troubled by an itching palm. Since he refused to carry my bags, I gave him nothing. Whenever he sees expensive luggage, the hotel doorman gets an itching palm.
See also: itchy, palm

seven-year itch

a real or imagined longing for other women in a man's seventh year of marriage. Looks like Jack has the seven-year itch. The seven-year itch is just a rumor.
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the seven year itch

  (humorous)
if someone who is married gets the seven year itch, they become bored with their relationship after about seven years and often want to start a sexual relationship with another person He keeps talking about all the women he knew before we were married - I think he's got the seven-year itch.
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itch for, have an

Also, itch to. Have a persistent restless craving for, as in Dean has an itch for excitement, or Chris is itching to go around the world. [Late 1500s]
See also: have, itch

itchy palm

Also, itching palm. A desire for money, greed; also, wanting a bribe. For example, The porter has an itchy palm; he wants a big tip, or The mayor was known for his itchy palm. This expression alludes to placing money in the palm of the hand. [Late 1500s]
See also: itchy, palm

have an itch for something

tv. to have a desire for something. (Have got can replace have.) We had an itch for a good movie, so we went.
See also: have, itch

seven-year itch

n. a real or imagined longing for other women in a man’s seventh year of marriage. Looks like Jack has the seven-year itch.
See also: itch
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By finding these nerve cells, scientists can start to piece together the rest of the pathway that detects and carries these itch signals to the brain, Goulding says.
But as serotonin spreads from the brain into the spinal cord, we found the chemical can 'jump the tracks', moving from pain-sensing neurons to nerve cells that influence itch intensity.
When those genetically engineered mice were injected with a substance that normally makes the skin itch, the mice didn't scratch as much as their normal littermates.
Columbus contracted product management services leader Innovation Direct[TM] to represent the Columbus Itch Scratcher to potential licensees for a 2 year period.
Now the challenge is to find similar biocircuitry in people, evaluate what's there, and identify unique molecules that can be targeted to turn off chronic itch without causing unwanted side effects.
Kazerouni recalled: "The stewardess had just served us some drinks when I felt a slight itch on my hands.
London, November 23 ( ANI ): If you feel itchy when you see someone scratch an itch, you're not suffering from any disorder.
An itch usually occurs when skin becomes irritated.
The problem begins when a relatively mild itch elicits scratching, which in turn stimulates nerve fibers in the skin that prolong and intensify the itching, which generates more scratching, and so on.
The discovery of these fibers has also led some researchers to rethink the relationship between pain and itch.
It may be hard for a busy physician to do, but the key to making the diagnosis of neuropathic itch is to "sit there and listen to the patient," said Dr.
TESTEROS VERDICT: OEvery single time IOve ventured into the garden this summer IOve ended up covered in bites which swell up and itch.
I cannot stand having an itch and not nearly rubbing it raw.
Atopic people are typically susceptible to itch if relatively harmless substances come in contact with their skin.
So when you scratch, it overpowers or takes away the feeling of the itch.