(champ/chomp) at the bit


1. eagerly and impatiently wait to start doing something






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I'm champing at the bit to begin my new job

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The idiom 'chomp at the bit' or to 'champ at the bit' comes from horses biting on the 'bit' due to impatience. When you 'chomp at the bit' you are eager or impatient or be excited to start something. This is an idiom you are more likely to hear used in social contexts.

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  1. I know that you're champing at the bit to go on holiday, but you'll just have to wait until you've saved up enough money.
  2. In the changing room, Sarah chomped at the bit to get out onto the pitch. The cup final was the biggest game of her life and she couldn't wait for it to start.

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  1. Helen couldn't be happier that she landed her dream job at the company. She's really champing at the bit to begin working there!

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