scratch the itch
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British pronunciation/skɹˈatʃ ðə ðɪs ðat ˈɪtʃ/
American pronunciation/skɹˈætʃ ðə ðɪs ðæt ˈɪtʃ/
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to fulfill one's need or desire for something

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to [scratch] (the|this|that) itch definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "scratch the itch" and when to use it?

The origin of the idiom "scratch the itch" is based on the literal act of scratching an itch on one's body to relieve the sensation of irritation or discomfort. It metaphorically represents taking action to satisfy a strong desire, address a need, or resolve a problem. This idiom is commonly used to convey the idea of fulfilling a longing or satisfying a craving. The phrase implies a proactive approach and a willingness to take action in order to achieve a desired outcome.

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I'm going to scratch this itch and take a salsa class.
Jake had a lifelong fascination with history, and he finally decided to scratch the itch by traveling to historical sites around the world.
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