champing at the bit

idiom
variants: or chomping at the bit

Definition of 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. The team was chomping at the bit for their chance to play the defending champions.

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“Champing at the bit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champing%20at%20the%20bit. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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