champ at the bit


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champ at the bit

To be very eager or impatient to do something. The phrase alludes to an excited horse chewing on its "bit" (a metal mouthpiece). The kids are champing at the bit to go to the park—can you take them? Now that my daughter is 16, she's champing at the bit to take the driver's test.
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champ at the bit

 and chomp at the bit 
1. Lit. [for a horse] to bite at its bit, eager to move along. Dobbin was champing at the bit, eager to go.
2. Fig. to be ready and anxious to do something. The kids were champing at the bit to get into the swimming pool. The dogs were champing at the bit to begin the hunt.
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champ at the bit

Show impatience at being held back or delayed, as in The dismissal bell hadn't rung, but they were champing at the bit to leave. This term transfers the action of a horse that impatiently bites the bit in its mouth to human behavior. [Mid-1600s]
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champ (or chafe) at the bit

be restlessly impatient, especially to start doing something.
Champ at the bit is used literally of a spirited horse that tugs at the bit in its mouth in its eagerness to move.
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champ at the bit

To show impatience at being held back or delayed.
See also: bit, champ