One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘scratch my back—I have an itch’
tingling, irritation, itchiness, stinging, prickling, tickling
2‘he had the itch to write fiction’
longing, yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, urge, lust, hankering, need, eagerness, zeal, covetousness
wish, fancy, desire
hope, aspiration, dream
1‘the heat made their chilblains itch’
tingle, be irritated, be itchy, sting, prickle, tickle
2‘he itched to do something to help’
long, yearn, pine, ache, burn, hanker after, hanker for, hunger, thirst, lust, pant, hope, be eager, be desperate, be consumed with desire, be unable to wait, would give one's eye teeth, wish, have a fancy
crave, need, lust after, dream of, set one's heart on, be bent on, eat one's heart out over, covet
want, desire, fancy, set one's sights on
have a yen, be dying, be gagging
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