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flap (one's) jaws

To talk in a meaningless, aimless, or idle manner. Jim always starts flapping his jaws after he's had a couple of drinks.
See also: flap, jaw

flap (one's) chops

To chatter or blather. Quit flapping your chops—I need some quiet so I can think! Whenever Charlie starts to flap his chops, I can't get in a word!
See also: chops, flap

flap (one's) gums

To chatter or blather. Quit flapping your gums—I need some quiet so I can think! Whenever Charlie starts to flap his gums, I can't get in a word!
See also: flap, gum

in a flap

In a panic or frenzy. Mom, I'll help you with getting dinner ready for the party, OK? So don't get in a flap about it—everything will be fine.
See also: flap

ears are flapping

Said when one suspects that a private conversation is being listened to. If ears are flapping now, we should postpone this discussion until a later time, don't you think?
See also: ear, flap

flap around

[for a sheet of something] to blow, flop, or slap around, perhaps in the wind. The sails flapped around, making a lot of noise. The awning flapped around during the night.
See also: around, flap

flap one's gums

 and flap one's jaws
Rur. to talk aimlessly. They're still out on the porch, flapping their gums. Well, I can't sit here flapping my jaws all day. Gotta get back to work.
See also: flap, gum

flap your gums

If someone flaps their gums, they talk a lot without saying anything important. Who wants to hear you flapping your gums first thing in the morning?
See also: flap, gum

someone's ears are flapping

someone is listening intently in order to overhear something not intended for them. informal
See also: ear, flap

his, her, etc. ˈears are flapping

(British English, informal) a person is trying to listen to somebody else’s conversation: I think you’d better tell me later when we’re alone — ears are flapping here.
Flap here means to move quickly backwards and forwards.
See also: ear, flap

be in/get into a ˈflap

(informal) be in/get into a state of worry or excitement: Julia’s getting into a real flap about her exams. OPPOSITE: (as) cool as a cucumber
See also: flap, get


n. an argument; a minor scandal. I’m sorry about that flap we had yesterday, but it was all your fault.
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John Angemi comments - "I wanted to create a game that people loved and one that they could personalize, which is why I came up with Go Flap Yourself, because everyone loves flapping themselves from time to time.
To see whether flapping birds coordinate their wing beats carefully enough to hit the sweet spots in V formations, Portugal and his colleagues worked with Zoo Vienna's project training captive-bred Geronticus eremita ibises to migrate from Austria to Italy.
The vehicle swims by coordinating the motion of four biology-inspired high-lift flapping hydrofoils that are attached to its rigid hull.
As the rotund birds negotiated obstacles, they would run up the objects flapping their wings.
Above excellences of birds or insects greatly depend on structure deformation and flapping ruler of wing.
ridden on unlicensed tracks, can, after 12 months of riding in a flapping race, be able to renew their licence under rules when a horse who has flapped is banned for life?
Best examples so far are the red motorbike opposite Anglia TV in Norwich, which flaps out into a miniature espresso-coffee bar, or the lady somewhere in downtown Seoul whose flapping plastic-sheathed stall has a giant air-conditioning motor as the main feature.
Flapping helps transfer heat from blood to the air to cool the whole animal, says Spevak.
Avalanche/LW's emulation is realistic because it supports multiple protocols, IP RIP (versions 1 and 2); OSPF (Open Shortest Path First); IPX (RIP and SAP); AppleTalk (RTMP and ZIP), sends real data traffic, and includes the newest feature, route flapping emulation.
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Creating tiny air vehicles that mimic the flapping of winged insects is a popular notion, but require a complex combination of pitching and plunging motions to oscillate the flapping wings.
Researchers have known for years that insects fly thanks to whirlpools of air called leading-edge vortices that form above their flapping wings (SN: 6/19/99, p.
MUTTLEY, you probably will not remember such flapping tracks as Bolton and Blackburn which were a lot better running surfaces than a good few NGRC venues.
The insectlike machines being pursued by OAI and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta would carry out those tasks by vigorously flapping their wings--a means of flight long used by birds and insects but never mastered by human aviators.
Before trying to tackle the full, three-dimensional problem, they and other scientists have long been trying to fully explain flapping in a one-dimensional flag in a two-dimensional breeze.
This unanticipated position "refutes a common belief that a flag in a laminar wind should be always flapping," says Zhang.