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." I've been a lobbyist for years, so I know that most politicians have an itching palm. Take care of that, and you'll get things done the way you want. There's always a way to get what you want—you just need to figure out which members of the administrative board have an itching palm.
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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?
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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.