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wet (one's) beak

To partake in part of the profits of another person's business, usually as a result of extortion. (Used especially in reference to organized crime, particularly "protection money" paid to the Italian Mafia.) Trust me, you're better off just giving him what he wants whenever he comes round to wet his beak. If you don't pay up, you'll have bigger problems.
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beak

1. n. a nose. What a beak on that guy!
2. in. to gossip; to chatter. Stop beaking and get to work.
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To eavesdrop on the whales, engineers at the Naval Underwater Warfare Center in Newport, R.I., developed a program called M3R (Marine Mammal Monitoring on Navy Ranges), which allows the hydrophones to pick up the sound frequency of the "clicks" that beaked whales use to echolocate.
Balcomb took on the unglamorous task of cutting off the heads of two dead beaked whales for study.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Longman's beaked whale is on its red list of endangered species but described its entry as data deficient.
There were only 6 sightings of beaked whales, but all 3 genera (Ziphius, Berardius, and Mesoplodon) known to be present off Southern California were detected.
But when the researchers conducted DNA testing as part of a program collecting data on New Zealand's beaked whales, they discovered that the sequences of these two specimens didn't match the profile of a Gray's beaked whale.
The research has identified mechanical parameters of the biological tissues in the organs of a beaked whale.
Concerning decompression sickness in whales, Ketten said, "There has been a lot of speculation, but so far there is no proof it has occurred." Tyack added that "beaked whales that stranded during sonar exercises have been reported to have gas bubbles in their tissues that are consistent with decompression, but there is great scientific uncertainty about whether beaked whales could get the bends from one rapid surfacing."
Subsequent observations failed to spot any of the survivors or any other beaked whales that normally inhabit the area.
likes of This January Defra started consultation on a further 23 potential sites and two local ones are among the recommendations: The Farnes East, about 11km off Berwickshire coast where the white beaked dolphins exist, as well as the area of Coquet Island down to St Mary's Island.
We won't see a live rock band like this in a long time." Gerry Davin TOP TREND: Three white beaked dolphins were spotted off St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay on Tuesday.
Abstract--We describe the food habits of the Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) from observations of 10 individuals taken as bycatch in the pelagic drift gillnet fishery for Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) in the western North Atlantic and 1 stranded individual from Kennebunk, Maine.
"Up until now, all we have known about the spade-toothed beaked whale was from three partial skulls collected from New Zealand and Chile over a 140-year period.
Navy sonar unquestionably disturbs beaked whales, concludes an analysis investigating how underwater sound affects these deep-divers.
Clearly things are hotting up between her - the model, 45, not the parrot - and Shane Warne, 42, as the Aussie has been formally introduced to the beaked one.