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seven-year itch

[sev-en-yeer] /ˈsɛv ɛnˌyɪər/
noun
1.
2.
the temptation to have an affair, held to become a hazard in the seventh year of marriage.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900, Americanism
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  • The devoted husband whose marriage is suddenly threatened by the seven-year itch.
British Dictionary definitions for seven-year itch

seven-year itch

noun
1.
(informal) a tendency towards infidelity, traditionally said to begin after about seven years of marriage
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Contemporary definitions for seven-year itch
noun

a purported tendency to infidelity at the seven-year point of a marriage

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Word Origin and History for seven-year itch
n.

1899, American English, some sort of skin condition (sometimes identified with poison ivy infection) that either lasts seven years or returns every seven years. Jocular use for "urge to stray from marital fidelity" is attested from 1952, as the title of the Broadway play (made into a film, 1955) by George Axelrod (1922-2003), in which the lead male character reads an article describing the high number of men have extra-marital affairs after seven years of marriage.

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Slang definitions & phrases for seven-year itch

seven-year itch

noun

A time of serious dissatisfaction in a relationship or marriage, purportedly after the seventh year


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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