ants in pants
ants in pants
- be extremely restless
- be very excited or worried about something
- uneasy, impatient or anxious
- not able to keep still
- extremely agitated or uneasy about something
- The young students just can’t sit still; they must have ants in their pants.
- The children are always jumping out of their seats and running all around, They seems to have ants in their pants.
- She was very excited to be going to the party that night and had ants in her pants all day.
- Can’t you sit still for minute? Do you have ants in your pants?
- He had ants in his pants – he could not wait to get started on his new adventure trip.
- His five year old daughter has ants in her pants. She keeps running around never can keep still for moment.
- He was looking forward to the expedition and had ants in his pants, but we were not supposed to start for another couple of hours.
- He had ants in his pants when he learnt that he had been selected for the program.
- He had ants in his pants waiting for the news and jumped every time he heard someone walk by the door.
The phrase has got a quite literal origin. If ants get into someone’s pants, they are bound to get very restless, hence the expression. The phrase was popularized around the 1930s.
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I did the search here for the expression after recalling an incident some years ago when I worked in a grocery store. Back then, customers and employees used the same facilities. Anyway, not sure who was responsible for this, but ants were discovered on the toilet seat some time after a customer had used the facility.
- Anon May 18, 2021