itchy feet

This page is about the idiom itchy feet

British English INFORMAL


If you have itchy feet, you feel the need to go somewhere different or do something different.

For example

  • It's no wonder Ken's got itchy feet. He's been doing the same job, in the same office, for nearly twenty years.

  • Thanks to low-cost airlines, people with itchy feet who couldn't afford air fares in the past can now travel.


This idiom is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

I know she's got itchy feet because

a. she's been looking at travel websites

b. she keeps scratching her toes

c. she never goes anywhere on foot

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Contributor: Matt Errey