lick (one's) lips

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lick (one's) lips

To be eager and/or show signs of excitement before or during doing something that one enjoys or that is or will be beneficial to one. A reference to literally licking one's lips in anticipation of eating something delicious. All of the scouts are really licking their lips to get Jones on their roster. You should have seen John at the car show—he was practically licking his lips.
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lick one's lips

Fig. to show eagerness or pleasure about a future event. (From the habit of people licking their lips when they are about to enjoy eating something.) The children licked their lips at the sight of the cake. The author's readers were licking their lips in anticipation of her new novel.
See also: lick, lip

lick (or smack) your lips (or chops)

look forward to something with eager anticipation.
1997 Guardian Headhunting agencies licked their chops at the prospect of the fat placement fees.
See also: lick, lip
References in classic literature ?
He entertained us with a long account of his achievements, which he narrated with such infinite relish, that he actually seemed to lick his lips as he told us racy anecdotes of stolen plate, and of old ladies whom he had watched as they sat at windows in silver spectacles (he had plainly had an eye to their metal even from the other side of the street) and had afterwards robbed.
He then began to lick his lips at her, blow kisses and whisper "sexy" before a fellow passenger noticed what was happening and intervened.
He then began to lick his lips at her, blow kisses and whisper 'sexy' before a fellow passenger noticed what was happening and intervened.
All this financial success would make any fat cat mogul lick his lips with delight, and for all that, seemingly not a whiff of a reduction in the licence fee as a thank you from the Beeb.