to bite upon or grind, especially impatiently:
The horses champed the oats.
to crush with the teeth and chew vigorously or noisily; munch.
to mash; crush.
to make vigorous chewing or biting movements with the jaws and teeth.
the act of champing.
champ at the bit, to betray impatience, as to begin some action.
to munch (food) noisily like a horse
when intr, often foll by on, at, etc. to bite (something) nervously or impatiently; gnaw
(informal) champ at the bit, chafe at the bit, to be impatient to start work, a journey, etc
the act or noise of champing
(Ulster, dialect) a dish, originating in Ireland, of mashed potatoes and spring onions or leeks
(informal) short for champion (sense 1)
1868, American English abbreviation of champion (n.).
“to chew noisily,” 1520s, probably echoic; OED suggests a connection with jam (v.). Earlier also cham, chamb, etc. To champ on (or at) the bit, as an eager horse will, is attested in figurative sense by 1640s. Related: Champed; champing. As a noun in this sense, attested from c.1600.
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In addition to the idiom beginning with champ
the site of the ancient capital city of the Chimu people, near the modern city of Trujillo, Peru, characterized by large walled enclosures and houses made of unfired mud brick covered with frescoes in brilliant colors.
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Canaan (def 4).
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