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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.
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*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.
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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]
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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]
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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.
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For more information about Itching for a Cure and the National Eczema Association, please visit www.
But when the genetically altered mice were injected with serotonin, they scratched as mice would be expected to in response to compounds designed to induce itching.
Widespread itching may develop as a result of dry skin, an irritant reaction to particular bath products or detergents, or an allergic reaction to certain drugs.
But most of the time, chronic itching isn't caused by a histamine reaction: It's often associated with an overactive thyroid, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, kidney or liver failure, certain cancers or a pinched or damaged nerve.
When it comes to physical comforts, there is a unique pleasure and relief from being able to effectively scratch an area that is particularly itching.
Researchers at the US government agency the National Institutes of Health identified the molecule that causes itching in a study of mice.
Itching can be localised, generalised, paroxysmal or unremitting and can be qualified as tingling, burning or pricking.
But a growing body of data, including two proof-of-concept studies, has shown a high response rate in patients with itching resistant to standard treatment, including steroids, UV therapy, and antihistamines, noted Dr.
But some people can scratch themselves raw without relieving serious, daily itching triggered by a variety of conditions, such as certain cancers, chronic kidney failure, and even use of certain narcotic pain relievers.
Julie Grant, Edinburgh ITCHING can be caused by the skin being irritated or can be linked to disease but usually happens for no obvious reason.
who has suffered from severe eczema-related itching for 14 years.
This itching cannot be fully suppressed by conventional antipruritic agents such as antihistamines, and development of effective drugs has long been awaited.
Why do I still have an itch after I put itching cream on?
Patients took no other medications that might alter itching and rating their pruritus using a visual analog scale.