can't wait

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.


Nearby words

  1. can't punch one's way out of a paper bag,
  2. can't see beyond the end of one's nose.,
  3. can't see the forest for the trees,
  4. can't seem to,
  5. can't stand,
  6. can-can,
  7. can-do,
  8. can-opener,
  9. can-tho,
  10. can.

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