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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

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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Carefully position and glue circle 8 to the remaining open flaps, closing the ornament.
In March 2012, Lockheed Martin appointed Quickstep for the tender to manufacture wing flaps for its C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, and inked the US $75 million MOA in December 2013.
After activating the emergency electrical-flap system, the flaps began to track.
However, because of the anticipated extent of tumour resection, traditional skin flaps offered in a standard forequarter amputation would not be available.
Under local sub-conjunctival anaesthesia the flap was irrigated, cleaned, repositioned and sutured.
All flaps were sutured into place with 4-0 silk and survived for 7 days.
Free flaps are vulnerable to hypoperfusion and ischaemia due to their reliance for survival on a small vascular pedicle anastomosis.
Well, I haven't had the flaps down since the tragedy," said the old boy.
Amputation of the diabetic foot can be prevented by surgical reconstruction using an anterolateral thigh perforator flap, according to a 4-year retrospective study reported by Dr.
Last Saturday night a blue Mercedes C180 Kompressor saloon, KX04 KJB was taken from a home in Oakfield Gardens in Atherstone after thieves reached in through a cat flap and took the keys to the door.
Patients participating in the study had flaps created in one eye by the Zyoptix XP and in the fellow eye by the IntraLase FS laser operating at 15 kiloHertz (the older model).
The sealer automatically tucks the minor flaps, applies adhesive and plows the major flaps closed.
As the flaps fit into the basket, the basket size is predetermined at a fixed size.
Flip it back over and stick your two thumbs and two forefingers into each of the 4 flap pockets, Fingers should press center creases so that all four flaps meet at a point in the center.
introduces ChartConcealer[TM], a chart cover that consists of two vinyl flaps that are five-hole-punched to fit in the front and back of a medical records chart.