(someone) has the urge to (do something)

Having an "urge" to do something means that you suddenly want to do it. For example:

I had the urge to smack him right across his face.

Do you ever get the urge to go out dancing?

"Wanting" something can happen over a short period of time or a long period, but "having an urge" is always sudden.

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