Be very eager, anxious, or impatient, as in We can't wait for the baseball season to begin or I can't wait to see Dad—it's been a year. While the literal sense of being unable to wait (for lack of time) is much older, this figurative usage dates only from about 1930.
- can't punch one's way out of a paper bag,
- can't see beyond the end of one's nose.,
- can't see the forest for the trees,
- can't seem to,
- can't stand,