• WordNet 3.6
    • n itching an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The itch from a mosquito bite can be soothed by cutting open a clove of garlic and rubbing it on the bite
    • n itching The sensation caused by a peculiar irritation with pricking, tingling, or tickling in the skin.
    • n itching Hence A morbid, irritating, or tantalizing desire to have or to do something.
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  • Ernest Bramah
    Ernest Bramah
    “One learns to itch where one can scratch.”
  • Sir Henry Wotton
    Sir Henry Wotton
    “The itch of disputing is the scab of the churches.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks.”
  • Gilda Radner
    Gilda Radner
    “I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself are much condemned to have an itching palm.”


Itch to - If you are itching to do something, you are very eager to do it.


In literature:

His hand upon the lariat itched for a cast.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
No deer, no bears, not even a fox or a timber wolf made one's fingers itch for the trigger.
"Through the Mackenzie Basin" by Charles Mair
Have we not all our itch?
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Why doth itching arise when an ulcer doth wax whole and phlegm ceases?
"The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher" by Anonymous
This itching to amend the sonnets results largely from the obscurity of the text.
"Emerson and Other Essays" by John Jay Chapman
Automatically his hands strayed to the lacing of his shoes, for his pudgy toes itched for freedom to wiggle.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
So I began to wish for Evan to act, for my fingers itched to get one downward blow at him.
"A Prince of Cornwall" by Charles W. Whistler
My nose itched, my fingers too.
"Monsieur Violet" by Frederick Marryat
Foreigners always presume that we have itching palms, salved in due course by the managers or by the players.
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
For the itch, ringworm, itching, and for other slight irritations, bathe in water containing a little sulphur.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
The expression of the eye roused in Mannering an itching desire to lay immediate hands on its possessor.
"Elizabeth's Campaign" by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
If foot itches you is going to walk on strange land.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
Mrs. Brett, the wife of our farmer, could never resist the feminine itch to put things to rights.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
It is said to be a valuable external application in itch.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
I might as well have my left foot amputated, it itches so for good dancing.
"Over Paradise Ridge" by Maria Thompson Daviess
But my motive was only an itch to see what would then take place.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
Except when the end of the month brought pay day, and set him itching to be off to the township, he seemed happy.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
When itching developed, went to the hospital, where I was told I had itching piles.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Intense itching accompanies the disease, and affected horses continually bite and rub themselves.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
He began to itch but he remained bending over the head.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various

In poetry:

The guineas were bright and attracted their sight
They look'd so heavy and new,
And their fingers itch'd as they were bewitch'd
And they knew not what to do.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
But who his bold resolves can trust?
Man's born to wish, and wish he must:
Pride is the itch, sets nails a scratching;
And, like the itch, is just as catching.
"Thirteen Wishes" by William Hutton
Oh, I have to be so very sure,
No later than last night,
That I had pinned the knave secure,
And I was free to write
Those mighty masterpieces which
To pen my fingers ever itch.
"The Corpse That Won't Lie Still" by C J Dennis
Neither tears nor the easing flush
Of eyebaths can unseat the speck:
It sticks, and it has stuck a week.
I wear the present itch for flesh,
Blind to what will be and what was.
I dream that I am Oedipus.
"The Eye-Mote" by Sylvia Plath
Seems that 'is coat got 'itched up on a nail.
'E jerks it free an' gently comes to earth.
"Peter the 'ermit's 'ome!" I sez. "All 'ail!"
An' makes punk noises indicatin' mirth.
The parson, 'e walks on, as still as death.
Seems out o' breath.
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis
"Then the waitin', weary waitin', while we itched to meet the foe!
But we'd done wiv fancy skitin' an' the comic op'ra show.
We wus soljers - finished soljers, an' we felt it in our veins
On the day we trod the desert on ole Egyp's sandy plains.
"Sari Bair" by C J Dennis

In news:

I've always had an itch to learn.
For me, it's the word "voucher" that makes my trigger finger itch.
As the Supreme Court begins its 2012 term Monday, two cases loom ominously large for civil rights advocates who fear that the Roberts court is itching to prematurely declare victory in the long legal war against racial discrimination.
The relationship between depression and the two chronic conditions is undoubtedly complex: People who are depressed seem to tolerate pain and itching less well than those who are not.
But the nagging distraction of chronic pain or chronic itch also seems to trigger depression in many.
The little critters cause intense itching and small red bumps on the scalp and neck.
After college, Reed expected to follow his father and play in NFL, but as that didn't pan out, he got the itch to coach More.
A publicity photo for "The Seven Year Itch" (1955), in which she enjoyed a blast of steam from a subway on Lexington Avenue at 52nd Street in Manhattan.
The myth of the six-year itch.
F itch Ratings has cut its debt rating on HSBC Holdings PLC, saying the risks attached to its expansion into higher-risk markets such as China is no longer sufficiently mitigated.
Wolverines itching to get started .
Companies Itching To Go On Cyber Offense.
Credit Courtesy of Itch Film.
The 165-Million-Year Itch Current Biology, Volume 22, Issue 8, 24 April 2012, Pages R278-R280 George O PoinarSummary.
UTEP's Moore Itching For Return to Hardwood .

In science:

Define a switching as before. A lax linking is a lax leaf function satisfying the linking criterion, i.e., conditions (1) MATCH ING and (2) SW ITCH ING on page 9.
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
The SW ITCH ING condition is a simple corollary of the unit-free theorem [Gue99, MO00]: the function f determines a standard unit-free proof structure bf on bΓ, as follows.
Simple multiplicative proof nets with units
We may assume every positive leaf has an incoming f -edge: every literal does, by MATCH ING; if the 1 of a subformula A ⊗ 1 doesn’t, replace A ⊗ 1 by A; if the 1 of A&1 doesn’t, SW ITCH ING fails.
Simple multiplicative proof nets with units
In particular, there are no more than gred,redn variables itching τ (x) for a single variable x can alter that have a “red/red ball” in the first place.
Catching the k-NAESAT Threshold
By now, I am sure you are itching to write your first program for the quantum computer.
New Trends in Quantum Computing
Electron ics and Telecommun icat ions , 56, 3( 2010) . The PIN D iode Circu it Des igner's Handbook, M icros emi-Watertown , 1998. [ 29 ] A i-Qun Liu , RF M EM S Sw itches and In teg rated Switch ing Circu its , Sp ringer, 2010. [ 30 ] A . Fathy, A .
Development for Hardware for Programming of Spatial Magnetic Field Distributions in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Magnetic Resonance Imaging