be champing at the bit

to be impatient and unable to wait to start doing something

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • champing at the bit — waiting in an impatient way to do something We ve all been champing at the bit to get started on the project. • • • Main Entry: ↑champ * * * ˌchamping at the ˈbit idiom (informal) impatient to do or start doing sth • …   Useful english dictionary

  • champing at the bit — To betray impatience, as to begin some action. I m champing at the bit to tell you Chomping at the bit is also commonly used, though some regard it as an error …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • be champing at the bit — be champing/chomping at the bit to be very keen to start an activity or to go somewhere. By the time he arrived to pick us up we were champing at the bit with impatience. I m not sure if he s ready for extra responsibility yet, but he s chafing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • be champing at the bit — phrase to be impatient and unable to wait to start doing something Thesaurus: to want to do somethingsynonym Main entry: champ …   Useful english dictionary

  • champing/chomping at the bit — waiting in an impatient way to do something We ve all been champing at the bit to get started on the project. • • • Main Entry: ↑bit …   Useful english dictionary

  • be chomping at the bit — be champing/chomping at the bit to be very keen to start an activity or to go somewhere. By the time he arrived to pick us up we were champing at the bit with impatience. I m not sure if he s ready for extra responsibility yet, but he s chafing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • champ at the bit — {v. phr.} To be eager to begin; be tired of being held back; want to start. * /The horses were champing at the bit, anxious to start racing./ * /As punishment John was kept after school for two hours. He was champing at the bit to go out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • champ at the bit — {v. phr.} To be eager to begin; be tired of being held back; want to start. * /The horses were champing at the bit, anxious to start racing./ * /As punishment John was kept after school for two hours. He was champing at the bit to go out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • champ at the bit — verb a) to bite the bit, especially when restless Pittsburgh supercomputer is complete, and scientists are champing at the bit to use it. b) (of a person) to show impatience or frustration when delayed Everyone is champing at the bit to be… …   Wiktionary

  • champ at the bit —    Someone who is champing at the bit is ready and eager to start an activity, and is showing impatience at being delayed.     The press conference was delayed for such a long time that the journalists were champing at the bit …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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