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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

be in a flap

To be in a state of panic or frenzy. Mom's in a flap about this dinner party, so you better go help her.
See also: flap

get in(to) a flap

To enter into a state of 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, get

(someone's) ears are flapping

Someone is listening, or trying to listen, to the details of a private conversation. Let's finish this conversation in the meeting room in case people's ears are flapping nearby.
See also: ear, flap

flap around

To wave about in the air, possibly due to being unencumbered or unrestrained. You better secure that sheet—otherwise, it'll be flapping around in the wind. A: "What's that noise?" B: "Oh, just the flags flapping around."
See also: around, flap


Someone prone to talking a lot or at length. Good luck getting out of here—Aunt Louise is a real flapjaw and could easily blather to you for an hour.

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.


1. n. a talkative person. Martin is anything but a flapjaw. I bet he doesn’t say a dozen words per hour.
2. n. chatter; gossip. Too much flapjaw for me to concentrate in here.
References in periodicals archive ?
Route of transposition of our flaps were "tunneling" in 08 (16%) cases.
Axillary defects after excision of hidradenitis suppurativa can also be covered by pedicled latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flaps.
This decade is represented by a soft nappa leather flap with velvet base and stud with the number '20' galvanized in light gold.
Titanium mini plates are an excellent tool for instant rigid fixation of cranial bone flaps following craniotomies with preservation of skull symmetry and maintenance of aesthetics as well avoiding complications like floating skull flaps and sinking of the bone flap.
The roof flaps deployed run plotted in Figure 4 commenced at -90 degrees of yaw.
Compromised surgical grafts and flaps remain a postoperative concern.
Reconstruction of the cupid's bow in particular has been achieved by rhombic transposition flaps as described by Bickle and Bennett or a modified mucosal advancement flap designed by Mellette and Mellette, or a 2 vermilion advancement flaps and a rotational hemiphiltrum skin flap described by Valentiet al.
Objective: To present our experience of treatment of complex anterior urethral strictures using penile skin flap.
We believe that the combination of these flaps is an excellent option for the reconstruction of large lower lip defects (> 80%) with very satisfactory aesthetic and functional results.
Due to severe limitation in mouth opening, surgical option of laterally based posterior tongue flap was used after releasing fibrous bands.
The three flaps used in conjunction with one another in the other three patients provided reliable soft tissue coverage of extensive tibial exposure.
While no additional surgery is required, it is often necessary to thin the skin flaps at a later date to yield the best cosmetic result (figure 2).
The skin flaps survived and the incisions healed in 28 patients.
I sent my senior copilot (2P) to visually assess the flaps through the windows of the port and starboard overwing exit hatches.
Reconstructive options include the use of local cutaneous, fascial or fasciocutaneous, muscle, and free flaps.