itchy palm, to have an

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itchy palm, to have an

Corruptible, greedy, asking for a bribe. This term, like so many, was originated by Shakespeare. In Julius Caesar (4.3) Brutus says, “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.” See also grease someone's palm.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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