Champing
Champ Champ (ch[a^]mp), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Champed} (ch[a^]mt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Champing}.] [Prob, of Scand. orgin; cf. dial. Sw. k["a]msa to chew with difficulty, champ; but cf. also OF. champier, champeyer, champoyer, to graze in fields, fr. F. champ field, fr. L. campus. Cf. {Camp}.] 1. To bite with repeated action of the teeth so as to be heard. [1913 Webster]

Foamed and champed the golden bit. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To bite into small pieces; to crunch. --Steele. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • champing — tʃæmp n. champion, one who is the best in his field, one who wins first place v. chew; bite; act in an impatient manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • champing — present part of champ …   Useful english dictionary

  • champing at the bit — waiting in an impatient way to do something We ve all been champing at the bit to get started on the project. • • • Main Entry: ↑champ * * * ˌchamping at the ˈbit idiom (informal) impatient to do or start doing sth • …   Useful english dictionary

  • champing at the bit — To betray impatience, as to begin some action. I m champing at the bit to tell you Chomping at the bit is also commonly used, though some regard it as an error …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • champing/chomping at the bit — waiting in an impatient way to do something We ve all been champing at the bit to get started on the project. • • • Main Entry: ↑bit …   Useful english dictionary

  • be champing at the bit — be champing/chomping at the bit to be very keen to start an activity or to go somewhere. By the time he arrived to pick us up we were champing at the bit with impatience. I m not sure if he s ready for extra responsibility yet, but he s chafing… …   New idioms dictionary

  • be champing at the bit — phrase to be impatient and unable to wait to start doing something Thesaurus: to want to do somethingsynonym Main entry: champ …   Useful english dictionary

  • be champing at the bit — to be impatient and unable to wait to start doing something …   English dictionary

  • champ at the bit — {v. phr.} To be eager to begin; be tired of being held back; want to start. * /The horses were champing at the bit, anxious to start racing./ * /As punishment John was kept after school for two hours. He was champing at the bit to go out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • champ at the bit — {v. phr.} To be eager to begin; be tired of being held back; want to start. * /The horses were champing at the bit, anxious to start racing./ * /As punishment John was kept after school for two hours. He was champing at the bit to go out./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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