to have or feel a peculiar tingling or uneasy irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the part affected: My nose itches.
to cause such a feeling: This shirt itches.
Informal. to scratch a part that itches.
to have a desire to do or get something: to itch after fame.
to cause to have an itch: His wool shirt always itches him.
Informal. to scratch (a part that itches): to itch a mosquito bite.
- anti-itch, adjective
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How to use itch in a sentence
If you’re the type of person who posts aggressive fitness memes about “just getting in there and doing it,” this likely won’t scratch the itch.NordicTrack’s connected workout bike puts the focus on competing against yourself | Stan Horaczek | October 15, 2020 | Popular-Science
Our evp of engineering —who has been in the company for many years — just got an itch to redo his webcam setup, and he wanted to get a mirrorless camera.‘You’re never putting this remote genie back in the bottle’: How GitLab’s head of remote Darren Murph spends his day | Lucinda Southern | October 5, 2020 | Digiday
In my experience, while it doesn’t make the bites or itching go away entirely, it does offer instant itch relief that lasts for about six to twelve hours.
When I’m out, get bit, and my bites begin to bother me again, I simply re-suction them and the itch disappears once more.
You get to scratch the itch, but you don’t have to deal with the things that you felt uncomfortable with either at the beginning or the end of these interactions.
“You try to always scratch where the itch is,” Huckabee said about his campaigning and rhetoric in the 2008 primary.
That seems to be the modus operandi as The League moves closer to the seven-year itch.The MVPs of Sleaze Are Back: FXX's 'The League' Ups the Degenerate Ante | Emily Shire | September 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An artist creates art to plug a hole in the universe, to scratch some aesthetic itch.
Like most societies with a competitive itch, Brazilians love prizes.Granta’s Brazil Issue Tells the Country’s New Story | Mac Margolis | November 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Inside the itch, extreme weather—both flooding and drought—seem to be intensifying.
The itch-mite (Acarus scabiei) and the louse (Pediculus capitis, corporis, vel pubis) are the more common members of the group.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Johnny the itch pulled nervously at the wide-brimmed fedora jerked down on his bony skull.
Johnny the itch fingered away sweat that rolled down from under his fedora and nodded obediently.
It made the skin jerk and pull as if he were trying to get rid of an itch without using his hand.
They scoured every main artery and side road and cart track for miles in every direction, he and Johnny the itch.
British Dictionary definitions for itch
an irritation or tickling sensation of the skin causing a desire to scratch
a restless desire
any skin disorder, such as scabies, characterized by intense itching
(intr) to feel or produce an irritating or tickling sensation
(intr) to have a restless desire (to do something)
not standard to scratch (the skin)
itching palm a grasping nature; avarice
have itchy feet to be restless; have a desire to travel
- itchy, adjective
- itchiness, noun
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