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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 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 be 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, 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

[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.
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1] Oliveira et al have suggested thoracodorsal fasciocutaneous flap cover the axillary defect.
The '50s-the age of rock and roll, Elvis and the 'greaser' gangs, and the explosion of colors in the omnipresent jukebox-has the bag flap in pink, turquoise and onyx with embossed colored
Patients who underwent a craniotomy for supratentorial access for any pathology including tumor excision and aneurysm clipping followed by a cranial bone flap fixation with titanium miniplates were included in the study.
Draw in the vinyl flap placement line, measuring 3" from the flap lower edge (1).
The Development and Manufacture of a Roof Mounted Aero Flap System for Race Car Applications," SAE Technical Paper 942522, 1994, doi:10.
Graft and flap complications include infection, dehiscence, vascular insufficiency due to mechanical tension, kinking, compression, hematoma and seroma, and failure and necrosis.
Stone in 1908 modified this flap to remove a crescent shaped tissue from adjacent to the ala to allow for the advancement of the flap.
Orandi flap was utilized in 8 patients while circular penile facio cutaneous flap was utilized in 10 patients.
The Karapandzic flap (11) and the Bernard--Burrow--Webster flap (12, 13) are two well-known surgical techniques for the reconstruction of the lower lip.
Surgical treatment involves excision of fibrotic tissues followed by covering of the defect with split thickness skin grafting, fresh amnion, or BFP grafts, tongue flap, bilateral forearm free flaps, nasolabial flap.
A decision was taken to perform three flap reconstructions (medial gastrocnemius flap, split TA flap and the distally based soleus flap) in conjunction with one another owing to the extensive bone exposure.
Earlobe construction with an auriculo-mastoid flap.
From January 2011 to July 2012, 29 patients with a large UCF at the junction of the penis and scrotum were treated with three-layer reconstruction using scrotal-septal flap.
The FLAP ASYM light is brought on by an asymmetrical condition of the flaps.
The bipedicled fasciocutaneous flap provides adequate tissue for coverage of small to moderate sized defects, with constant vascularity, easy and quick elevation, and acceptable donor-site morbidity.