finger itches to, one's/my

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(one's) finger itches (to do something)

One is eager to begin or undertake some work or task, especially that which involves one's hands. I finally took a two-week vacation, but as soon as we began to rest, I could feel my finger itching to start writing again. I was surrounded by a group of gunslingers, and I could tell by their demeanor that their fingers itched to fire at me.
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finger itches to, one's/my

I am (one is) extremely eager to do something. The use of “itch” for “desire” is almost as old as the desire to scratch something that itches. “Our fingers wyll itch at hym,” wrote John Stubbs (The Discoverie of a Gaping Gulf, 1579), and soon afterward Shakespeare wrote, “If I see a word out, my finger itches to make one” (The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1601, 2.3). Considerably later came Charles Kingsley with his “The men’s fingers are itching for a fight” (Hypatia, 1853), which subsequently was shortened to itching for a fight. See also itchy palm.
See also: finger, itch
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