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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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Una investigacion acerca de la restriccion formulada por Chafe sobre el sujeto liviano se justifica por la necesidad de conocer bien las caracteristicas pragmaticas del sujeto, constituyente sobre el que se ha escrito mucho, pero sobre el que apenas hay trabajos cuantitativos empiricos.
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From the online conversations we discover that Chafe and the man exchange a few phone calls as well, but we are unable to "listen" to them, as the focus in the collection is on the "visual" and the "written.
At times it seems that Chafe tugs too hard at the tonal allegory strand in the whole interpretive fabric, and when he does so his case becomes less, not more, convincing.
They chafe at being lectured by bankers at vestry meetings.
Historian William Chafe identifies an anomaly in the development of the women's movement in the latter part of the twentieth century.
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Whenever there's a way you're supposed to be, I chafe against restrictions," Shear says.
Khatami ran on a platform of tolerance and social reform, and was supported by millions of Iranians who have begun to chafe under the strict controls of the Islamic clergy who run the government.
Coppelius dances a spoof of the traditional Spanish pas de chafe, sporting boxer shorts with a shawl, while Franz does the Scottish fling with quotes from La Sylphide and Giselle.
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Because of aircraft vibration, the steel latches chafe and rub against the aluminum holes on the airframe and become elongated.