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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 ?
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
2 Besides the physical appearance, non-rigid fixation of a bone flap following craniotomy has also been known to affect overall surgical outcome.
Cut out the denim flap piece 2" to 3" beyond the tracing line.
Although termed hood flaps in the NASCAR community, these devices act more as a vent rather than a traditional flap or spoiler.
Finally, the wound bed must be evaluated to determine if a flap is a better option (Morris, 2016) (see Figure 1).
This flap resulted in tightness across the flap and loose excessive tissue above and below the flap, a problem dealt by Burrow by excising triangular pieces of tissue at the corners of the flap above and below the incision.
After dorsal stricturotomy penile skin flap was applied as a dorsal onlay flap, in cases where defect was long , circular penile skin flap was utilized as well fig 1and 2.
We incised the Karapandzic flap and freed the orbicularis oris muscle from the neurovascular structures, allowing the rotation of the myocutaneous flap medially.
Flap was remodeled on 21st day and mouth opening exercises instituted.
The soleus flap can be harvested in full or as a hemisoleus flap.
Earlobe reconstruction with a modified bilobed 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.