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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.’
- ‘His horse in the silence champed the grasses’
- ‘When a horse champs the bit, it is a sign that he no longer resists the action of the hand.’
- ‘Troops of cowgirls in red, white and blue-fringed chaps astride champing horses followed the young men down the parade route.’
- ‘The sound behind him of the horses champing and snorting and the carriage creaking propelled him reluctantly up the stairs.’
- 1.1 Munch or chew enthusiastically or noisily:‘he champed on his sandwich’
chew, champ, chomp, masticate, crunch, scrunch, eatView synonyms
- ‘No kicking under the table or champing on food during silent grace. No skipping or running in the hallways.’
- ‘The traveller champed meditatively at his steak.’
- ‘There was a loud champing sound outside, and occasionally growls or grumbling.’
- ‘His jaws champed spasmodically, froth appeared on his blackened lips.’
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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘All the artists I have spoken to 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He said: ‘I told them to get totally rested up and now they are champing at the bit.’’
- ‘He added: ‘We are all champing at the bit to make up for a disappointing few weeks.’’
- ‘Everybody is champing at the bit to get involved and I am very confident we will raise the funds required.’
- ‘We are champing at the bit, we want to go ahead and build a better railway.’
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
- ‘I went to high school with future 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.’
- ‘When his wife runs off with the local darts champ, Colin sets off to Blackpool to win her back.’
- ‘The match, at RFK stadium in Washington D.C., featured two giants of European football, Barcelona and reigning European champs, A.C. Milan.’
- ‘Will the defending champs repeat their victory, even though America has the home course advantage?’
- ‘Back then retired champs used to go to and care about the big championship fights.’
- ‘It should be pointed out that 14 teams have only one player in the game, including the reigning NL champs, the Astros.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.’
- ‘No mistake, the Big East is among the country's best basketball conferences, boasting four different national champs in the last 20 years.’
- ‘So Ferrari are defending champs in both championships.’
- ‘Well, we're going to pick your favorite as we compare the cyclist victories of some other longtime sporting champs.’
- ‘After the white oak the actual ranking of eastern champions becomes somewhat arbitrary because successive champs are often separated by only a few points.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘An unseemly ruck developed for his services, before he eventually chose European champions Northampton ahead of English champs Leicester.’
- ‘The defending MLS Cup champs were the surprise of the league last year.’
- ‘Then there's the 2003 champ, Matthias, from Switzerland, who mounts fish and is starting to struggle with his conscience.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Even the Super Bowl champs said goodbye to four integral players.’
- ‘The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).’
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’
- ‘He orders peppered chicken and champ.’
- ‘Gordon had an all-American hamburger with fries and I had sausages and champ.’
- ‘We shared some buttery champ, which had plenty of spring onions and a nice tarragon touch.’
- ‘There has been an Irish stew and champ night organized.’
- ‘I would have liked more scallion in my champ, but Mother ticked me off saying there was plenty in it for her.’
- ‘I ordered the shank of lamb with potato champ and winter ratatouille.’
- ‘Salmon, fish and chips, sirloin steak, and chicken breast wrapped in bacon served with champ featured among the main courses.’
- ‘Chicken breast stuffed with goat's cheese served on champ mash was the meal Sharon chose to show him.’
- ‘Presented on a circular bed of creamy champ, this was superb.’
- ‘Complementary vegetables were served featuring carrots and very moreish champ.’
- ‘He had the grilled ribeye steak with champ, red wine jus and roasted garlic, which I felt was a top-notch rendition.’
- ‘She had roast cod fillet for her main course, which was served with champ potato and petit pois.’
Late 19th century: from champ.
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