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make (someone's) teeth itch

1. To greatly irritate or annoy someone, especially to the point of affecting their 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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the seven-year itch

The supposed inclination of a man to begin longing for sexual relations with other women after seven years of marriage with his wife. Everyone warned me about the seven-year itch, but I've been completely content with my wife every second that we've been together. A: "I heard Jack has been having an affair with a bartender from across town." B: "Hmm, sounds like the seven-year itch to me."
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(one's) fingers itch

One is eager to begin or undertake some work or task that involves one's hands. Here are nine awesome do-it-yourself projects that will make your fingers itch! I finally took a two-week vacation, but as soon as we began to rest, I could feel my fingers itching to do something—anything—productive.
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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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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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your fingers itch

you are longing or impatient to do something.
1998 Patchwork & Quilting There's a good gallery towards the end of the book and it will make your fingers itch to get started.
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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 seven year ˈitch

(informal) the wish for a new sexual partner because you are bored with your husband or wife: He’s started looking at all the women in the office. It must be the seven year itch.
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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, something

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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However, he had complete resolution of the itch soon after using the combination cream two to three times daily.
By finding these nerve cells, scientists can start to piece together the rest of the pathway that detects and carries these itch signals to the brain, Goulding says.
So this fits very well with the idea that itch and pain signals are transmitted through different but related pathways," said Chen, a professor of anesthesiology, of psychiatry and of developmental biology.
But as serotonin spreads from the brain into the spinal cord, we found the chemical can 'jump the tracks', moving from pain-sensing neurons to nerve cells that influence itch intensity.
Potential licensees in the personal accessories industry are currently being targeted as candidates to eventually commercialize the Columbus Itch Scratcher on a worldwide basis.
The new discovery may lead to more effective treatments for chronic itching that target activity in neurons involved in both pain and itch.
Skin changes associated with psychogenic itch often are found on areas accessible to the patient's hand: face, arms, legs, abdomen, thighs, upper back, and shoulders.
After removing the receptor protein from the dorsal horn, the itch was stopped and there was no impact on any other sensory sensations, such as pain, touch and temperature, meaning they had found the biocircut that causes itchy feelings.
Kazerouni recalled: "The stewardess had just served us some drinks when I felt a slight itch on my hands.
What makes anti-itch products relatively unique is that when consumers need these products, they'll think of nothing else but getting their hands on something to soothe the itch.
Sixteen of the 20 patients had a marked reduction in itch intensity.
THE Marilyn Monroe dress that flirted revealingly with a gust of New York subway air in The Seven Year Itch fetched 4.
The NIH is moving to a model of having major itch referral centers at several sites.
The kind of itch caused by bug bites or allergies typically goes away with a little scratching or some antihistamines.
Reunited Brogan Thompson happy to get her Staffordshire bull terrier Itch back home