from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The sensation caused by a peculiar irritation with pricking, tingling, or tickling in the skin.
  • noun Hence A morbid, irritating, or tantalizing desire to have or to do something.

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  • verb Present participle of itch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an irritating cutaneous sensation that produces a desire to scratch


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  • It isn't hurting all that much, but the itching is periodically enthralling in a remarkably unpleasant way, and the clogged Eustachian tube is an uncomfortable pressure.

    From Twitter 07-13-2009 2009

  • Your skin itching and burning as if from the inside out.

    JAMES jackson 2010

  • Clearly the best way to show that we wish to avoid any appearance of fairness or even sanity would be to send John Bolton to be the envoy, and before we send him we give him an enormous pallet of highly caffeinated drinks and coat everything he has in itching powder.

    Matthew Yglesias » Foxman: Mitchell is “Fair” and I’m Unhappy About It 2009

  • He said: For most eczema sufferers, itching is the worst symptom of the disease.

    ‘Blood Chemicals Link’ to Eczema | Impact Lab 2007

  • It will make tyou forget you’re itching from the oxy.

    Cheeseburger Gothic » The end of smoko. 2010

  • It’s simply because I’m going to write about the science of itching, and one of the peculiar things about itching is that talking about it can cause it.

    Mozart, Mahler, Magic ewillett 2008

  • Longer-term itching is usually a sign of a minor allergic reaction; the severity of the reaction can often stem from other factors, too, like stress, so if you’ve never had this occur like this in the past, don’t be too shocked.

    Bugged! 2005

  • While stopping the itching is a good thing and allows pets to rest and feel better, in the long haul no suppressive therapy ever results in a resolution of allergies.

    Dr. Richard Palmquist: Does Your Pet Have Allergies? Dr. Richard Palmquist 2011

  • She insisted that the itching was a deeper discomfort than I could know.

    The Gin Closet Leslie Jamison 2010

  • For as long as I can remember, the itching has been an early warning indicator.

    Shift Jennifer Bradbury 2008


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