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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 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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One looks in vain among the "Post-1825 texts" (314-322) for Gary Tomlinson's Monteverdi and the End of the Renaissance and Eric Chafe's Monteverdi's Tonal Language.
In this context, Eric Chafe's proposed model for investigating the tonal language of Monteverdi and his time seems especially important.
While the trend has been increasingly to place the music of Monteverdi firmly in the historical and stylistic contexts from which it emerged (note the shift from Leo Schrade's Monteverdi, creator of modern music of 1950 to Gary Tomlinson's Monteverdi and the end of the Renaissance of 1987), Eric Chafe's unashamed invoking of a |tonal language' seems to place the composer on the modern side of the Renaissance-Baroque divide.
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