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seven-year itch

[sev-en-yeer] /ˈsɛv ɛnˌyɪər/
the temptation to have an affair, held to become a hazard in the seventh year of marriage.
Origin of seven-year itch
An Americanism dating back to 1895-1900 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for seven-year itch

seven-year itch

(informal) a tendency towards infidelity, traditionally said to begin after about seven years of marriage
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Contemporary definitions for seven-year itch

a purported tendency to infidelity at the seven-year point of a marriage's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for seven-year itch

1899, American English, some sort of skin condition (sometimes identified with poison ivy infection) that either lasts seven years or returns every seven years. Jocular use for "urge to stray from marital fidelity" is attested from 1952, as the title of the Broadway play (made into a film, 1955) by George Axelrod (1922-2003), in which the lead male character reads an article describing the high number of men have extra-marital affairs after seven years of marriage.

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Slang definitions & phrases for seven-year itch

seven-year itch


A time of serious dissatisfaction in a relationship or marriage, purportedly after the seventh year

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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