An itching palm. A hand ready to receive bribes. The old
superstition is that if your palm itches you are going to receive
Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemned to have an itching palm.
Caesar, iv. 3.
To bear the palm.
To be the best. The allusion is to the Roman custom of giving the
victorious gladiator a branch of the palm-tree.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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