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English definition of “be straining at the leash”

be straining at the leash

to be very eager to do something that you are being prevented from doing at the present time: Meanwhile we hear that our soldiers have reached a peak of fitness and are straining at the leash.
(Definition of be straining at the leash from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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