- 1(Of a horse) make a noisy biting or chewing action.More example sentences
- The sound behind him of the horses champing and snorting and the carriage creaking propelled him reluctantly up the stairs.
- 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.
- And his horse in the silence champed the grasses
- 1.1Munch or chew enthusiastically or noisily: he champed on his sandwichMore example sentences
- No kicking under the table or champing on food during silent grace. No skipping or running in the hallways.
- 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 LagosMore example sentences
- 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.
- The cartons arrived and then came he, champing to get it all organized and to immerse himself in this academic world.
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- Be restlessly impatient to start doing something: I was champing at the bit to investigate the shopsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 champMore example sentences
- I like the Vikings as NFC champs and Super Bowl runners-up.
- The Japanese baseball champs douse their star with Sapporo beer (I love the beer goggles - literally).
- I went to high school with future champs.
mid 19th century: abbreviation.