lick chops

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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.
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lick (one's) chops

To anticipate delightedly.
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