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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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As shown by this chafing example, a property loss occurred.
Each menu represents three full chafing dishes, except in a few menus where half pans are used.
Blend the cornstarch with the cognac; add to the chafing dish and stir until the mixture bubbles.
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Letting baby go without a diaper, when possible, allows skin to dry completely with no worry about the friction and chafing that can be caused by both cloth and disposable diapers.
8220;What better way to show our support than to donate samples of our blister and chafing prevention products so the hikers can have a pain-free hike.
Olly said: "I keep applying lubricant and cream to soothe it but as soon as I put it on, we've got to start walking and the chafing starts all over again.
It's just sometimes hard to do it, when you're concentrating on your legs not chafing and your arm flesh flapping in the sun.
Miranda July finds herself smitten with a shoe salesman who notices the chafing on her ankles in ``Me and You and Everyone We Know,'' which she also wrote and directed.
Nakedly autobiographical, the play is narrated by Tom Wingfield (Christian Slater), a would-be writer chafing in a dead-end job and itching to fly the coop like his father did, leaving his crippled and depressed older sister, Laura (Sarah Paulson), in the care of their frustrated, overbearing mother, Amanda (Jessica Lange).
The revolutionary new material prevents chafing while wicking away moisture.
The pair, who have been friends in Runcorn for years and always sailed together, say the only way to reduce the risk of chafing is to row completely starkers.
Chafing is a long-distance plague for any runner virtually anywhere on the body where two surfaces repeatedly rub together--skin on skin or clothing on skin.
This proposed AD would require a one-time inspection for chafing of certain wire bundles behind the flight engineer's panel, repairs if necessary, and a modification to reroute a certain electrical wire bundle to ensure sufficient clearance between that wire bundle and an adjacent flood light support bracket.
Issues such as strap dig-in, ventilation, chafing, support and shaping all came through loud and clear.