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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.
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!
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!
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.
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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?
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.
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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.
(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.
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."
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.
[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.
flap one's gumsand 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.
flap your gumsAMERICAN, INFORMAL
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?
someone's ears are flappingsomeone is listening intently in order to overhear something not intended for them. informal
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.
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
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.