Champ at the Bit

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To show sheer willingness to do something or become impatient to begin it


  • This term was popular with the horse racers. An impatient horse champs in its mouth during the start of a race. This behavior of a horse shows that it is impatient to run. This meaning has taken a broader scope. It is now used to describe someone, who is impatient about a certain event or task.

Harley was very excited about music classes. He was champing at the bit at 7:00 pm, an hour before the class time.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Champ at the Bit':

champ at the bitTo bite the bit, especially when restless.
champ at the bitTo show impatience or frustration when delayed.
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