Palm

An itching palm. A hand ready to receive bribes. The old superstition is that if your palm itches you are going to receive money.

Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself
Are much condemned to have an itching palm.

Shakespeare: Julius 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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