can't wait

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(one) can't wait

One is very excited or eager for something to happen; it will be difficult for one to wait for it. The phase can be used as part of a sentence or by itself as an exclamation. I can't wait to see you and the girls—it's been way too long! See you tomorrow! Can't wait! Mom can't wait for the flowers to bloom and brighten up our yard.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

can't wait (to do something)

to be very eager, as if to be unable to endure the wait until it is possible to do something. I'm glad it's almost summertime—I just can't wait to go swimming!
See also: wait

can't wait

(for something (to happen)) to be very eager, as if to be unable to endure the wait for something to happen. I am so eager for my birthday to come. I just can't wait.
See also: wait
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

can't wait

Be very eager, anxious, or impatient, as in We can't wait for the baseball season to begin or I can't wait to see Dad-it's been a year. While the literal sense of being unable to wait (for lack of time) is much older, this figurative usage dates only from about 1930.
See also: wait
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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