scratch the/an itch


chiefly US, informal
: to satisfy a desire or need for something
Sign up for a tour of Asia and scratch the itch to travel.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But all of these apps appear to be vying for the opportunity to scratch the itch users may feel for a news feed that isn’t Twitter — at least for as long as that itch lasts. Jennifer Korn, CNN, 13 Feb. 2023 There are a lot of series that really scratch the itch that the consumer has for wanting to see something funny, but horror is just much more complicated to do on television. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Dec. 2022 And the South Texas beans are bound to scratch the itch those nachos left. Emma Balter, Chron, 4 Apr. 2022 Though it’s almost comically staged, the show still manages to scratch the itch of any real-estate lookie-loo whether the buyers are searching for condos in Indianapolis or island getaways on House Hunters International. Marah Eakin, Vulture, 1 Apr. 2022 Kozinski was enjoying retirement, but could not really scratch the itch of high school basketball in South Carolina. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Mar. 2022 While away from his band mates, Zeiler tried to scratch the itch, to no avail. Ben Flanagan |, al, 5 Nov. 2021 Readers might dismiss this as a minor symptom, but the itch can be unbearable, and there are many reports of people doing terrible damage to themselves by trying to scratch the itch. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 22 Oct. 2021 The drive is thoroughly undeveloped and sure to scratch the itch of those seeking Yellowstone's characteristic reflection of a wild America. Ali Wunderman, Star Tribune, 21 May 2021 See More

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“Scratch the/an itch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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