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salivate (all) over (someone or something)

1. Literally, to release saliva from one's mouth onto someone or something. Can you please come in here and get your dog before he salivates all over me?
2. To be very excited about or interested in something. My girlfriend has been salivating over these fancy speakers that just went on sale. The last time I went to that place, this creepy old guy started salivating over me at the bar.
See also: over, salivate

salivate over

To be very eager about, excited about, or desirous for something: The fans of the rock group salivated over the newest CD.
See also: over, salivate
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The amount of VEEV collected from mosquitoes that salivated in vitro for <3 minutes was significantly less than the amount collected from mosquitoes allowed to salivate for 45 minutes (p<0.
But she was left red-faced when on this occasion her ear FAILED to salivate.
Lead author David Gal of Northwestern University set out to find whether people actually salivate when they desire material things.
The customer base attracting the high-end hotels has been corporate customers -- travelers ready to spend $100 a night on lodging and with the kinds of expense accounts that make restaurateurs salivate.
In short, while the inane press continues to salivate over it, the survey has been largely ignored and dismissed by the intelligent community.
But the obese patients continued to salivate the same amount throughout the tastings.
THAT GLORIOUSLY gloomy Anton Chekhov - how he still manages to make actors salivate and induce potential audiences to reach for their plastic.
You will not order a fraction of what your eyes wish to behold or what your taste buds salivate to sample.