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chafe at the bit

To be impatient and/or eager for something to happen or over some delay. Used to liken someone to an overexcited horse straining against its bit (the metal piece of the harness that fits between its jaws). The crowd chafed at the bit to see the unveiling of the new building. I've chafed at the bit for an opportunity like this my entire life!
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be chafing at the bit

To be impatient and/or eager for something to happen or over some delay. Used to liken someone to an overexcited horse straining against its bit (the metal piece of the harness that fits between its jaws). I was chafing at the bit for the game to start. After two hours of waiting in the airport lobby, we were chafing at the bit to finally get on the plane.
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chafe at (something)

To feel or express annoyance in response to something. Bruce chafed at the idea that the new hire he was training made more money than him. You could tell he was chafing at the reporter's questions, but he still declined to comment.
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chafe at something

Fig. to be irritated or annoyed at something. Jane chafed at the criticism for a long time afterward. Jerry chafed for a while at what Ken had said.
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Laboratory testing has shown that, after an hour and a half of use, Chafe Free with Aceba dry lubricant can provide more than twice the lubricity and friction reduction of traditional products.
Chafe continues: "At the same time they [the alleged Phrygian tetrachords] form the exact inversion of the ascending fourth of phrase 4 of the chorale (d"-e"-f#"-g"), which enters immediately in the tromba da tiarsi, producing the aforementioned e"-e[?
Eagleton provides a useful taxonomy of the various uses of the term, and Chafe seems to use "ideology" in one of Eagleton's more narrow senses: "ideas and beliefs (whether true of false) which symbolize the conditions and life-experiences of a specific, socially significant class"; or, narrower yet, "the promotion and legitimation of the interest of such social groups in the face of opposing interests" (Eagleton, p.
We are excited that Chris Chafe has agreed to assume the executive director position," said Burger.
Chafe finds in Bach's music analogies between the spiritual movement underlying the texts and the musical movement sharpward or flatward around the circle of fifths:
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Frankie's parents meet Warren and chafe at his new lifestyle - an actor?
Tommy, the littlest Tugboat, chafes when his mother tugboat tells him to stay home during stormy weather, while his bigger siblings are hard at work.
As he courts his young bride and begins a family, he must contend with the increased independence of York, his slave, who was treated as an equal member of the exploration party and now chafes at the return of his role of servant and property.
As with everything else in America, it's the myth that counts, or the way it chafes against reality, and the myth of Sundance -- that it's the premiere North American showcase for independently produced filmed images -- is what keeps it interesting.
With certain death as the alternative, the army fights with great skill and deadly efficiency, but the mantle of slavery chafes.
A horse of a different color chafes at the bit in Win Place Show.
He has found a new wife who is able to soften him a bit, but Katie still chafes under his constraints even as she discovers some new freedoms that her advanced age of 13 112 brings her.
But McGill chafes at the idea that time is a line at all, and, refusing to toe that line, he scribbles Munchlike emanations that seem to erupt off the page.