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]


Nearby words

  1. itch for, have an,
  2. itch mite,
  3. itching,
  4. itchingly,
  5. itchy,
  6. itcz,
  7. itea,
  8. itelmen,
  9. item,
  10. item veto

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