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warrior ant

A species of ant that is known to travel in armies and capture other ants. In today's class, we will study the behavior of the warrior ant.
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ants in the/(one's) pants

Said of one who is unable to sit still, due to anxiety, excess energy, or impatience. The phrase is typically used with the verb "have." The kids really have ants in the pants today, so I'm going to take them to the playground. A: "Why is Carrie pacing?" B: "She's waiting for her doctor to call, so she's had ants in her pants all day."
See also: ant, pant

*ants in one's pants

Fig. nervousness and agitation, (on the image of someone suffering great discomfort as if having actual ants in the pants. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give one ~.) I always get ants in my pants before a test. I wonder if all acton get ants in their pants before they go onstage.
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ants in one's pants, have

1. Be extremely restless, uneasy, impatient, or anxious, as in This child just can't sit still; she must have ants in her pants. This rhyming idiom calls up a vivid image of what might cause one to be jumpy. [Slang; 1920s]
2. Be eager for sexual activity, as in Bill's got ants in his pants for Rita. This usage is less common today. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: ant, have

have ants in your pants

If someone has ants in their pants, they cannot keep still. They all had ants in their pants, incapable of sitting in their seats for more than six minutes at a stretch.
See also: ant, have, pant

have ants in one’s pants

tv. to be nervous and anxious. (see also antsy. Have got can replace have.) All kids’ve got ants in their pants all the time at that age.
See also: ant, have, pant


and piss-ant
1. n. a wretched and worthless person. (Often objectionable.) Look, you silly pissant, beat it!
2. mod. worthless. (Often objectionable.) I don’t want this little pissant piece of pie. Give me a real piece.



ants in (one's) pants

A state of restless impatience.
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Below the cattle, many of the ants have worked their way up the shafts of grass and appear to be waiting for something.
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Some guard ants have huge heads, which they use to block the doorway to the colony.