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wet (one's) beak

To partake in part of the profits of another person's business, usually as a result of extortion. (Used especially in reference to organized crime, particularly "protection money" paid to the Italian Mafia.) Trust me, you're better off just giving him what he wants whenever he comes round to wet his beak. If you don't pay up, you'll have bigger problems.
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beak

1. n. a nose. What a beak on that guy!
2. in. to gossip; to chatter. Stop beaking and get to work.
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With their pale grey and white plumage, green legs, long, uptilted beaks and loud, ringing "kew-kew-kew" calls, greenshanks are easily identified.
For her, they'll put away their territorial pride and fear and allow her to cut away the fishing line from their beaks, unravel the plastic bags from their webbed feet, or salve the hurt from a dog bite.
The dolphins dive to the bottom of deep channels and poke their sponge-covered beaks into the sandy ocean floor to flush out small fish that dwell there, a team led by biologist Janet Mann of Georgetown University in Washington, D.
Then they waited to see what kind of beaks would arise.
Birds in the UK--where bird feeders are popular--have developed longer beaks than their Dutch compatriots.
We used tools that worked the same way as different bird beaks do: tweezers, straws, chopsticks, and forks.
2,3) We hypothesize that resectoscope beak extraction can be achieved efficiently and safely using a flexible cystoscope in the absence of a laser apparatus and with better postoperative results than rigid resectoscope or forceps for extraction.
Competition for scarce seeds pitted medium-sized ground finches (Geospiza fortis) with big beaks against large ground finches (G.
The upper and lower beaks were then dissected from the buccal mass, washed with fresh water, and stored in a solution of 75% ethyl alcohol.
3 ( ANI ): Scientists used high-resolution X-ray computed tomography (CT scanning) and computer simulations to take a closer look at the dinosaur beaks.
These animals are mainly bottom feeders and it is very easy for them to pick up discarded or lost fishing line, hooks and floats which then gets swallowed or caught in their beaks.
Dr Jones said he had performed a similar procedure on about 20 beaks in the past five years and said the condition was similar to a human broken nose.
Couldn't people merely admire the view and then, when they get home, look up birds' beaks on the internet or in a library book?
Woodpeckers hammer their beaks against tree trunks 22 times per second--without injury.
The increase in frequency and distribution of crows observed with abnormal beaks throughout the Pacific Northwest since the late 1990s indicates a geographic expansion of this problem.