Meaning of “be straining at the leash” in the English Dictionary

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"be straining at the leash" in British English

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be straining at the leash

to be very eager to do something that you are being prevented from doing at the present time:

These young athletes have been training hard and are straining at the leash to compete.

(Definition of “be straining at the leash” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)