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Itching of the Eye

If the right eye itches it betokens laughter at hand; if the left eye, it betokens grief; but Shakespeare does not observe this distinction.

My right eye itches now, so I shall see
My love.

Theocritus, i. 37.

Mine eyes do itch;
Doth that forebode weeping?

Shakespeare: Othello, iv. 3.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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