scratch the/an itch

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of 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.

Word by Word Definitions

scratch play
  1. : to scrape or dig with the claws or nails

  2. : to rub and tear or mark the surface of with something sharp or jagged

  3. : to scrape or rub lightly (as to relieve itching)

  1. : a mark or injury produced by scratching

  2. : scrawl, scribble

  3. : the sound made by scratching

  1. : arranged or put together with little selection : haphazard

  2. : made as or used for a tentative effort

  3. : made or done by chance and not as intended

itch play
  1. : to have an itch

  2. : to produce an itchy sensation

  3. : to have a restless desire or hankering for something

  1. : an uneasy irritating sensation in the upper surface of the skin usually held to result from mild stimulation of pain receptors

  2. : a skin disorder accompanied by such a sensation

  3. : a restless usually constant often compulsive desire


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