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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!
See also: bit, chafe

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.
See also: bit, chafe

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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be champing/chomping at the bit

  also be chafing at the bit
to be very keen to start an activity or to go somewhere By the time he arrived to pick us up we were champing at the bit with impatience. I'm not sure if he's ready for extra responsibility yet, but he's chafing at the bit.
See also: bit, champ
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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.
In adverse conditions, a second mooring pennant (line) can be run to the top eye as a safety in case the primary pennant (line) chafes through or fails.
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.