champing 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.
Word by Word Definitions
: mash, trample
: to make biting or gnashing movements
: the biting or cutting edge or part of a tool
: a replaceable part of a compound tool that actually performs the function (such as drilling or boring) for which the whole tool is designed
: the jaws (see 1jaw 2a) of tongs or pincers
: a small quantity of food
: a small delicacy
: a small piece or quantity of some material thing
: a unit of computer information equivalent to the result of a choice between two alternatives (such as yes or no, on or off)
: the physical representation of a bit by an electrical pulse, a magnetized spot, or a hole whose presence or absence indicates data
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