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1(of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.
- ‘A pervasive gloom hung over this place, woven into the very stillness of the air, disturbed only by the thud of hooves on fallen leaves and now and then a soft clink as one of the mares champed her bit.’
- ‘The sound behind him of the horses champing and snorting and the carriage creaking propelled him reluctantly up the stairs.’
- ‘His horse in the silence champed the grasses’
- ‘Troops of cowgirls in red, white and blue-fringed chaps astride champing horses followed the young men down the parade route.’
- ‘When a horse champs the bit, it is a sign that he no longer resists the action of the hand.’
- 1.1Munch or chew enthusiastically or noisily.‘he champed on his sandwich’
- ‘There was a loud champing sound outside, and occasionally growls or grumbling.’
- ‘His jaws champed spasmodically, froth appeared on his blackened lips.’
- ‘The traveller champed meditatively at his steak.’
- ‘No kicking under the table or champing on food during silent grace. No skipping or running in the hallways.’
2Fret impatiently.‘he was already on the plane, champing to get off to Lagos’
- ‘The cartons arrived and then came he, champing to get it all organized and to immerse himself in this academic world.’
- ‘Fleet Street's most battle-scarred must be champing to get in there - but they also want to keep heads on shoulders and avoid execution.’
[in singular] A biting or chewing action.
champ (or chomp or chafe) at the bit
Be restlessly impatient to start doing something.‘I was champing at the bit to investigate the shops’
eager, keen, enthusiastic, full of enthusiasm, impatient, longing, chafing at the bit, champing at the bit, desperateView synonyms
- ‘He said: ‘I told them to get totally rested up and now they are champing at the bit.’’
- ‘So, come Christmas Eve he's champing at the bit.’
- ‘Anyone lucky enough to have witnessed last year's live spectacle in Scotland will be champing at the bit to get another taster.’
- ‘By now, I realise that you're probably all champing at the bit to find out my considered opinions on the various cultural phenomena of the moment.’
- ‘We are champing at the bit, we want to go ahead and build a better railway.’
- ‘He added: ‘We are all champing at the bit to make up for a disappointing few weeks.’’
- ‘In the relaxed atmosphere of the early 21st Century, there are limited opportunities to dress up formally, so style-conscious women are champing at the bit to show their flair.’
- ‘All the artists I have spoken to are champing at the bit.’
- ‘Everybody is champing at the bit to get involved and I am very confident we will raise the funds required.’
- ‘I know if I was a striker at the moment, I'd be champing at the bit to play, because you could make yourself a regular for the next 10 years.’
Late Middle English: probably imitative.
A champion.‘he showed the style that was to turn him into a world champ’
winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallistView synonyms
- ‘After the successful launch of last year's snow season in Bulgaria's top winter resort of Bansko with Italian Alberto Tomba, another two skiing champs will cut the ribbon this year.’
- ‘An unseemly ruck developed for his services, before he eventually chose European champions Northampton ahead of English champs Leicester.’
- ‘No mistake, the Big East is among the country's best basketball conferences, boasting four different national champs in the last 20 years.’
- ‘Well, we're going to pick your favorite as we compare the cyclist victories of some other longtime sporting champs.’
- ‘It should be pointed out that 14 teams have only one player in the game, including the reigning NL champs, the Astros.’
- ‘The defending MLS Cup champs were the surprise of the league last year.’
- ‘Will the defending champs repeat their victory, even though America has the home course advantage?’
- ‘And there is his belief that Lennox Lewis is one of the five top-ranked heavyweight champs of all time, because he revenged his defeats and then chased Tyson, before obliterating him.’
- ‘The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).’
- ‘When his wife runs off with the local darts champ, Colin sets off to Blackpool to win her back.’
- ‘Even the Super Bowl champs said goodbye to four integral players.’
- ‘I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.’
- ‘I went to high school with future champs.’
- ‘Then there's the 2003 champ, Matthias, from Switzerland, who mounts fish and is starting to struggle with his conscience.’
- ‘The match, at RFK stadium in Washington D.C., featured two giants of European football, Barcelona and reigning European champs, A.C. Milan.’
- ‘And it's never too late to lace up and glide toward that dream: Carrier says her Silverbladers range in age from 18 to 70 and in skill from clueless beginners to former champs.’
- ‘Over the years, the number of national champs there dwindled as more and more people in the rest of the country joined in the search for big trees.’
- ‘Back then retired champs used to go to and care about the big championship fights.’
- ‘After the white oak the actual ranking of eastern champions becomes somewhat arbitrary because successive champs are often separated by only a few points.’
- ‘So Ferrari are defending champs in both championships.’
Mid 19th century: abbreviation.
[mass noun] An Irish dish of potatoes mashed with spring onions, butter, and milk.‘he served up mounds of fresh creamy champ with roast lamb’
- ‘I ordered the shank of lamb with potato champ and winter ratatouille.’
- ‘We shared some buttery champ, which had plenty of spring onions and a nice tarragon touch.’
- ‘Gordon had an all-American hamburger with fries and I had sausages and champ.’
- ‘There has been an Irish stew and champ night organized.’
- ‘He orders peppered chicken and champ.’
- ‘Presented on a circular bed of creamy champ, this was superb.’
- ‘Chicken breast stuffed with goat's cheese served on champ mash was the meal Sharon chose to show him.’
- ‘He had the grilled ribeye steak with champ, red wine jus and roasted garlic, which I felt was a top-notch rendition.’
- ‘Salmon, fish and chips, sirloin steak, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon served with champ featured among the main courses.’
- ‘She had roast cod fillet for her main course, which was served with champ potato and petit pois.’
- ‘I would have liked more scallion in my champ, but Mother ticked me off saying there was plenty in it for her.’
- ‘Complementary vegetables were served featuring carrots and very moreish champ.’
Late 19th century: from champ.
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