Rarin' To Go

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Meaning of Idiom 'Rarin' to Go'

To be rarin' to go means to be very eager to begin something; extremely excited and enthusiastic about something. 1,2

Usage

This idiom is usually always pronounced rarin', instead of raring. The expression is sometimes used ironically.

"The kids have been rarin' to go ever since we mentioned Disney World."

"The team has worked hard all season and they are all rarin' to go."

"Judging by the sleepy looks on your faces, I see everybody is rarin' to go."

Origin

Raring (rarin') is an older way of saying rearing, referring to a horse which rises up on its hind legs and kicks with its front leg because it is eager to go.

Used since the early 1900's.

Sources
1. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
2. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

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