scratch the/an itch

Definition of scratch the/an itch

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  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

scratchplay
  1. :  to scrape or dig with the claws or nails

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

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

  1. :  a mark or injury produced by scratching

    :  a slight wound

    :  scrawl, scribble

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

    :  made as or used for a tentative effort

    :  made or done by chance and not as intended

itchplay
  1. :  to have an itch

    :  to produce an itchy sensation

    :  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

    :  a skin disorder accompanied by such a sensation

    :  a contagious eruption caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) that burrows in the skin and causes intense itching


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