Itching palm

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Itching palm a greed for gain
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Quotations

  • William Shakespeare
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    “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. giccan, to itch; Scot. youk, yuck, Ger. jucken, to itch.

Usage

In literature:

The sight of the swords made the young man's palm itch.
"Thuvia, Maid of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Her palm itched to grasp the huge butt.
"The Beasts of Tarzan" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Never were such itching palms.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Cassius, the stubborn and thoughtful patriot, with his heart of iron, had, you remember, an itching palm.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Save that for your Bearnais's itching palm.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
Many persons who are urging on this negro crusade into the domain of letters, have palms with an infernal itch for gold.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
The palm of my left hand has been itching all day.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald
And as they waited an itching came at the palm of McGurk's hand.
"Riders of the Silences" by John Frederick
Now Stilwell himself was beginning to show the pistol itch in his palm.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
And then the Piper comes around holding out two itching palms.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
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