March 16, 2006

have the bit in one’s teeth

Posted in Idioms at 4:47 pm by Feng

have/take the bit in one’s teeth — To be uncontrollable [thefreedic]

Referring to the previous post on “chomp at the bit“, someone told me another idiom “have the bit in one’s teeth“. If you know what the “bit” means, you would find this idiom very vivid and easy to remember.



  1. David said,

    In the U.S. “Chompin’ at the bit” usually means very enthusiastic, ready to go especially in competition. Ready to start a task.

    I’m chompin’ at the bit to play against those guys.

    My dog was chompin’ at the bit to chase that cat.

    Uncontrollable isn’t the only definition.

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