itchy palm

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*itchy palm

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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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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
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My problem is that I often get very red and itching palms and at times red weals on my arms, both of which go away after an hour or so.
A YOUR problem with itching palms can be helped with the remedy Milk Thistle Complex, taken at a dose of 10 drops, twice a day.