itchy palm

*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

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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50 on a Euro lottery ticket, had an itchy palm and won nearly pounds 17m this week.
Marion, nicknamed Mystic Meg by her family because of her love of astrology and tarot cards, told how an itchy palm gave her an inkling she was onto something.
Ms Richardson, who was medically retired from her job with the Royal Mail five months ago due to thyroid problems, said she often experienced a kind of sixth sense and her grandmother told her of the itchy palm prophecy as a girl.
Alan joked: "She normally only gets an itchy palm just before I hand over the wages.
Bribery and other financial shenanigans are everyday occurrences in ruling circles, with hordes of party insiders with itchy palms hunting eagerly for political spoils.
HANDLING euros may leave many people with itchy palms.