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(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. Because it's likely that ears are flapping, I think we should postpone our discussion until a later time. Do you think your co-workers ears are flapping? I don't want anyone else to know the news just yet.
See also: ear, flap

be in a flap (about something)

To be in a state of panic or frenzy (because of some source of worry or annoyance). Mom's in a flap about this dinner party, so you better go help her. My manager always seems to be in a flap. I wish that he would learn to chill out sometimes!
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 (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

flap (one's) jaws

To talk in a meaningless, aimless, or idle manner; to chatter or blather. Jim always starts flapping his jaws after he's had a couple of drinks. Quit flapping your jaws—I need some quiet so I can think!
See also: flap, jaw

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

flap-jaw

1. Someone prone to talking a lot or at length. Good luck getting out of here—Aunt Louise is a real flap-jaw and could easily blather to you for an hour.
2. Someone who too readily shares information, especially that which is private or confidential. Some flap-jaw has been talking to the press about our new product. Needless to say, if I find out who it is, they will be fired on the spot. If you've got a secret, don't tell it to a flap-jaw like Marty!

get in(to) a flap (about something)

1. To enter into a state of panic or frenzy (because of some source of worry or annoyance). 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.
2. To cause someone to enter into a state of panic or frenzy (about something). A noun or pronoun can be used between "get" and "in(to)." The most trifling obstacle always seems to get him into a flap. I wish that he would learn to chill out sometimes!
See also: flap, get

in a flap (about something)

In a panic or frenzy (because of some source of worry or annoyance). 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. The most trifling obstacle always seems to get him in a flap. I wish that he would learn to chill out sometimes!
See also: flap
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

flap your gums

AMERICAN, 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?
See also: flap, gum
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

someone's ears are flapping

someone is listening intently in order to overhear something not intended for them. informal
See also: ear, flap
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

flap

n. an argument; a minor scandal. I’m sorry about that flap we had yesterday, but it was all your fault.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This case elaborates the importance of planning the skin paddle of the free flap customized to requirements of the defect and a single free flap can be customized to reconstruct more than one subunit in a single stage.
The burden of HN cancer is 21% of the cancers among men and 11% among women across Pakistan.5 Due to socioeconomic circumstances the presentation of Head and neck cancer is usually delayed and almost all (80%) the patients lose precious time (up to 3 years) between first presentation to clinician and final confirmation.6 This delayed presentation causes advancement in local disease which in turn causes larger defect size which usually require reconstruction via a free flap. There are multiple options to choose from when decidingabout the flap that can be used for reconstruction.
This flap provides soft, supple, non-hair bearing tissue with minimal donor site morbidity and a well-hidden scar [4].
A free flap based on the superficial palmar branch of the radial artery (SUBRA Flap) has been used for digital reconstruction but is limited by size and useful in single digit defect.
Free latissimus dorsi muscular or musculocutanoeus flap is the most popular flaps in the reconstruction of large defects.
Free tissue transfer in the hypercoagulable patient: A review of 58 flaps. Plastic Reconstr Surg 2012; 129: 443-53.
In the present study, we compared the Limberg flap and oval flap techniques used in the surgical treatment of PSD with respect to the demographic characteristics of the patients as well as associated complications and recurrence; furthermore, we have discussed the results by referring to the available data.
It does not involve elevation of flaps, so flap compromise is rare.
Muscle flaps in osteomyelitis of the lower extremity: a 20-year account.
Microvascular free flaps in head and neck reconstruction.
Also the patients, in whom skin graft or only loco-regional flaps were used for coverage, were excluded.
As stated above there is controversy in data regarding lingual nerve injury in with and without lingual flap retraction during surgical extraction of impacted mandibular third molar.
The result is a mix of retro elegance and contemporary good taste, shown in the details: the strap is connected to the base with two metal rings, and the flap has rounded edges.
Titanium mini-plates were introduced for rigid fixation of cranial bone flaps following craniotomies in 1991 and are currently the most widely used method.5 They are currently available in 0.3 mm thickness which does not require prior indentation of the bone to minimize surface relief.