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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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She told BBC News that beaked whales had very high levels of the myoglobin protein in their muscles, to the point where the tissues appeared almost black.
Beaked whales are highly sensitive to sound and account for the majority of beachings near military exercises.
As well as Stejneger's Beaked Whale and sabre-toothed whale, the species is also referred to as the Bering Sea beaked whale, as the skull of the whale was first described after being found on Bering Island in 1883.
Beaked whales have stranded on beaches during sonar training exercises, prompting concern that sonar disrupted their behavior and precipitated the strandings.
Why did humans always repeat what was beaked to them, thought Patrick as he tried to explain why he had travelled many blacks and brights to come here.
The Cuvier's beaked whale is a so-called toothed whale.
Because some families are poorly known or include fewer species, the general accounts can vary in length from just 2 pages (porpoises and beaked whales) to 12 pages (marine dolphins).
Season's first catch of Baird's beaked whale landed in Hokkaido
The whales usually associated with sonar are beaked whales, particularly Cuvier's beaked whales, Ziphius cavirostris (ZIH-fee-us CAV-uh-RAHS-tris).
There was a noteworthy difference between observed beaked whale mortalities in this fishery from 1990 to 1995 and 1996 to 2002.
Moose used balsam fir, eastern hemlock, and red maple proportionally more than their availability, used sugar maple (Acer saccharum), yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis), and mountain ash (Sorbus americana) proportionally less than their availability, and used striped maple, beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta), and mountain maple (Acer spicatum) proportional to their availability.
According to the sources, Japan's first such study will involve 80 small whales in five species such as Baird's beaked whales, bottle-nosed dolphins and Dall's porpoises.
He points out that the navy has known the resonance frequency of airspaces in Cuvier's beaked whales since 1998 and places the resonance frequency in the whales' cranial airspaces at about 290 hertz at 500 meters depth--precisely the middle frequency of the LFA system.
The birds don beaked half-masks and wield ostrich plume fans.