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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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Because the zinc oxide itself is frequently contaminated with lead, the CEH questions applying the medicated powders directly to the chafed, sensitive area of diaper rash.
This way you'll stop the stem becoming bruised or chafed and open to infection.
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Emerson, who always chafed at the rules of meter and rhyme, made a first draft of this poem for his Journal in 1845 and wrote it in practically free verse; later, he reworked it into a somewhat more conventional form.
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The Jesuits had to compete with civil officials who sent native peoples to work for Spanish settlers through repartimiento labor drafts, and Spanish hacienda and mine owners who enticed natives from the missions with jobs that were attractive to some natives who chafed under Jesuit authority.
The nipples can get very chafed. Add to the problem that as you-fatigue your mechanics may get distorted.
This proposal would require performing a one-time inspection for chafing of certain electrical wire bundles behind the flight engineer's panel in the cockpit; repairing any chafed wire bundles, if necessary; and installing Teflon sleeving over the inspected wire bundles and rerouting them.
Conquest writes with a dry passion,piling fact upon fact, statistic upon statistic, account upon account until whatever resistance the reader may have to an acceptance of the truth is chafed away, leaving only stark belief.