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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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A new survey commissioned by Anti Monkey Butt -- a powder with calamine that soothes and relieves irritated skin -- found that more than half (60%) of adult men and women have experienced chafing and irritation on their skin.
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Chafing can affect anyone and is caused by the friction of skin repeatedly rubbing against skin or clothing causing discomfort and irritation.
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After a bit of banter about passengers standing, as if chafing at the aisle would expedite their exit, she asked the age-old question, more personal and telling than "Where do you live?
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Chafing makes babies cry and can reduce a grown man to groans.
Roundit 2000 NX oversleeve, constructed of a woven blend of Nomex and polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), provides outstanding protection of cable assemblies, hoses and wire harnesses from chafing, cutting and abrading in aerospace, maintenance and rail applications.