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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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They chafed over what they perceived as an excessive regulatory zeal during Donaldson's tenure.
This proposal would require performing a one-time inspection for chafing of certain electrical wire bundles behind the flight engineer's panel in the cockpit; repairing any chafed wire bundles, if necessary; and installing Teflon sleeving over the inspected wire bundles and rerouting them.
Conquest writes with a dry passion,piling fact upon fact, statistic upon statistic, account upon account until whatever resistance the reader may have to an acceptance of the truth is chafed away, leaving only stark belief.
Volvo models do not have chafed ABS wires or loose tone rings because different manufacturing processes and designs are used.
Having seen this problem several times in the past, the mechanic immediately knew to look at the dipstick tube (p/n 6494061) in the chafed area.
There is something cleansing about getting your hands chafed and dirty in soil.
This AD would add a new requirement for the accomplishment of a detailed visual inspection of the external power feeder cables to detect chafed or damaged wire and repair if necessary.
With battery power applied, the chafed electrical wires were then placed against the right lower longeron and the ignition system became inoperative.
It is in those areas that McClintock has chafed against the support the Republican Party leadership is giving the actor.
The wire bundle had two wires which were chafed completely through the insulation, allowing contact with the inspection panel support.
The writing was on the wall in the A's organization, where the likes of Rich Harden and Mike Wood zoomed by him, and Gregg chafed while he performed mop-up work or wouldn't pitch ``for three weeks.
The factory installed a thin plastic sleeve over the lines in the area of the chafe, but after 2564 hours this sleeve is chafed to the extent the tubes will no longer be protected.