Champ at the bit




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Champ at the bit : Phrases



Meaning:

To show impatience at being held back or delayed.


Example:

The dismissal bell hadn't rung, but they were
champing at the bit to leave the classroom.


Origin:

This mid-1600s expression refers to the action of a horse that impatiently bites the bit in its mouth.


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