can't wait


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(one) can't wait

I am very excited or eager for something to happen; it will be difficult to wait for it. The phase can be used as part of a sentence or by itself as an exclamation. I can't wait to see you and the girls—it's been way too long! See you tomorrow! Can't wait! Mom can't wait for the flowers to bloom and brighten up our yard.
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can't wait (to do something)

to be very eager, as if to be unable to endure the wait until it is possible to do something. I'm glad it's almost summertime—I just can't wait to go swimming!
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can't wait

(for something (to happen)) to be very eager, as if to be unable to endure the wait for something to happen. I am so eager for my birthday to come. I just can't wait.
See also: wait

can't wait

Be very eager, anxious, or impatient, as in We can't wait for the baseball season to begin or I can't wait to see Dad-it's been a year. While the literal sense of being unable to wait (for lack of time) is much older, this figurative usage dates only from about 1930.
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I'll be delighted to get a Donegal jersey back on again and when Rory gives us a shout to go back training, I can't wait.
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We are both so happy and can't wait for his or hers arrival.
Dad John said: "He can't wait just to be a normal boy.
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I can't wait to hear it and I can't wait to get pumped up for it.
I'm not scared of going 12 rounds, I can't wait to hear 'ding, ding, seconds out, round nine'.
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LIVERPOOL legend Ian Rush can't wait to turn back the clock tonight and once again run out on his old hunting ground of Anfield.
JOE Ledley is back - and he can't wait to take on former Cardiff City team-mate Robert Earnshaw at Nottingham Forest's City Ground on Saturday.
He knows his ABCs and 123s, he can brush his teeth and tie his shoes, but he can't wait until he's old enough to do the things he wants to do.
Scott Dann played his first full 90 minutes in a Coventry City shirt yesterday and now can't wait to make his full Championship bow at Preston North End this Saturday.
They include Joyce Hough who, can't wait to see the film, said: "I remember going down on the beach at Redcar last year many times, to watch the filming, the actual showing of the film seemed eons away, but now it's imminent, and I for one can't wait to see it.