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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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Against the dominant strategies of speed and noise, Rui Chafes takes a stand based on slowness and silence.
The former shows the work of sculptors such as Jose Pedro Croft and Rui Chafes, as well as the ironic critique of art-world fashions that comprises Ana Jotta's work; while the latter represents Paulo Feliciano, Paulo Mendes, and Joao Louro, whose explorations of the connections between high and low - integrate pop music, comic strips, and graphic design - and frequently offer a political critique.
Also centered on the body is the work of Rui Chafes, which stands out from that of the youngest group of Portuguese artists.
in Phantasmagoria (probably the "smoothest" of the current generation of games), one chafes against the necessarily limited menu of things to say, do, and check out.