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an itchy trigger finger

1. An inclination or readiness to shoot a gun (especially at someone) without needing much or any provocation or justification. I wouldn't stay too long around here—there are a lot of people with itchy trigger fingers in this part of town.
2. By extension, an inclination, readiness, or tendency to act or react carelessly, rashly, or without due consideration. John's itchy trigger finger is going to get him into trouble with his boss someday. When you're working in a restaurant, it's important not to have an itchy trigger finger when customers come to you with complaints.
See also: finger, itchy, trigger

have itchy feet

To feel the urge to stray from one's routine, often by traveling. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Every so often, Claire has itchy feet and sets off for a foreign destination.
See also: feet, have, itchy

get itchy feet

To feel the urge to stray from one's routine, often by traveling. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. Every so often, Claire gets itchy feet and sets off for a foreign destination.
See also: feet, get, itchy

get itchy fingers

To be or become eager to begin, undertake, or become involved in some work or task, especially one that involves one's hands. You're going to get itchy fingers once you see these nine awesome do-it-yourself projects that can do with things around the house! I finally took a two-week vacation, but as soon as I began to relax, I started getting itchy fingers to do something—anything—productive.
See also: finger, get, itchy

have itchy fingers

To be eager to begin, undertake, or become involved in some work or task, especially one that involves one's hands. You're going to have itchy fingers once you see these nine awesome do-it-yourself projects that can do with things around the house! I finally took a two-week vacation, but as soon as I began to relax, I started having itchy fingers to do something—anything—productive.
See also: finger, have, itchy

*itchy feet

Fig. the need to leave; a feeling of a need to travel. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Hearing the train whistle at night gives me itchy feet.
See also: feet, itchy

*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

itchy feet

BRITISH
If you have itchy feet, you want to go somewhere new or start doing something new. I hated living in London, and I started getting itchy feet. Hearing about Sally's job had given me itchy feet and within a couple of months I left the company.
See also: feet, itchy

itchy fingers

mainly BRITISH
If you have itchy fingers, you are very keen to get involved in a particular activity. I went into town to watch people playing chess. After a few days of this I started getting itchy fingers.
See also: finger, itchy

get (or have) itchy feet

be restless; have a strong urge to travel or move from place to place. informal
See also: feet, get, itchy

get/have itchy ˈfeet

(informal) a desire to travel, move house, change your job, etc: He never stays in a job long. He gets itchy feet after two or three years.
See also: feet, get, have, itchy

an itchy palm

A strong desire for money, especially bribes.
See also: itchy, palm
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