be chafing at the bit

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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.
See also: bit, chafe
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He sounded good, I told myself, sounded restless and chafing at the bit, aching to get the heck out of there and back to what he had called home for the past two and a half years: his sister's hilltop house in Barangay Mojon in Belison, Antique.
Swallow, who very recently became engaged to longtime partner and coach Cunnama, has been chafing at the bit for the race.
After having been on the margins for decades, tenaciously hanging on to its outmoded concepts of nationalism and chafing at the bit for reclaiming its place on the political centre stage, the dawn of the Narendra Modi era -- which the RSS partly helped usher in -- has allowed the organisation to bounce back.
With the holiday season now in full swing, the Bay will be without wicket-keeper Dafydd Rhys and run-making duo Adam Campion and Huw Roberts, but Jenkins expects his side to be chafing at the bit after three weekends of unsettled weather.
The BJP was largely dependent on the Shiv Sena for the assembly elections but now the party is chafing at the bit - and why not?
Conservative members of Congress are chafing at the bit at the opportunity to use the report's likely recommendations for greater federal oversight of insurance to criticize the administration for needlessly proposing to expand the federal government.
Conservative members of Congress are chafing at the bit to use the report's likely recommendations for greater federal oversight of insurance to criticize the administration for needlessly proposing to expand the federal government.
Having agreed to give his former best friend in politics first shot at the leadership 11 long years ago Brown has been chafing at the bit ever since.
Another issue where Europe is chafing at the bit as the US takes its time to think is the problem of trading screens.
The Wrexham-based company's marketing authorisation application - the regulatory process by which pharmaceutical products are approved in the UK - for Volplex had been in the hands of the MCA for two and a half years, leaving the company chafing at the bit because the introduction of the product is seen a key step in its progress towards profitability.
This year it was the turn of two of Mozart's seemingly effortless wonderful settings, written during the period he spent chafing at the bit in the unwelcome employment of the grim Archbishop of Salzburg.
The horse was chafing at the bit and tossing its head.
The country is crawling its way towards democracy and relaxation of stringent domestic laws has come as good news to investors who are chafing at the bit to cash in.
In the summer of 1978 he allowed Chancellor Denis Healey to impose a five per cent pay rise norm on a nation chafing at the bit after four years of wage restraint.