Champ-at-the-bit meaning

(intransitive, horses) To bite the bit, especially when restless.
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(intransitive, idiomatic) (of a person) To show impatience or frustration when delayed.
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Origin of champ-at-the-bit

  • From champ (verb) (“to chew noisily”) + bit (“part of horse's harness held in its mouth”); horses tend to chew on their bits when impatient at waiting.

    From Wiktionary