scratch an/the itch

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scratch an/the itch

1. To indulge in a desire or satisfy a need. After working in the city all week, we just had to scratch the itch to sit on the beach. I'm going home with someone from the bar tonight no matter what. I've gotta scratch an itch, if you know what I mean.
2. To fulfill a craving for something, especially a piece of media, to a partial or incomplete degree. The spinoff TV show should scratch an itch for fans waiting for a full-fledged sequel to the beloved film. The game is a spiritual successor to one of my favorite games from the '90s. It isn't quite the same, but it does scratch the itch.
See also: itch, scratch
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