Idiom – Ants In Your Pants

English Idiom – Ants in your pants.

Meaning – To be unable to sit still because you are excited or nervous about something. This expression conveys a sense of fidgetiness or an intense desire to move around.

This is an easy idiom to remember! Just imagine how difficult it would be to sit still with hundreds of ants in your pants


When could you use this idiom?

  • Someone is agitated and unable to sit still.
  • A person is impatient and doesn’t want to sit down.
  • A young child is overexcited about going somewhere and is very active.
  • You are watching a nervous person move around restlessly in their chair.


  • “Please calm down! Have you got ants in your pants? Your friends will arrive soon.”

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How to Quash Those Pesky Ants in Your Pants and Finally Just Relax

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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