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Related to lick chops: lick one's chops
lick one's chops
Fig. to show one's eagerness to do something, especially to eat something. We could tell from the way the boys were licking their chops that they really wanted a turn at riding the motorcycle. Fred started licking his chops when he smelled the turkey roasting in the oven.
lick your chops
to be eager to do something that you think will be satisfying or pleasant Their team was so much better than ours that when they played us, they were just licking their chops.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of lick your chops (to lick your lips when thinking of something good to eat)
lick (one's) chops
To anticipate delightedly.