lick (one's) chops

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lick (one's) chops

To show one's impatience or excitement to do something. That roast smells so good—I'm just about licking my chops in here! My detractors were practically licking their chops when they heard that my proposal had failed.
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lick one's chops

Fig. to show one's eagerness to do something, especially to eat something. We could tell from the way the boys were licking their chops that they really wanted a turn at riding the motorcycle. Fred started licking his chops when he smelled the turkey roasting in the oven.
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lick one's chops

Also, lick one's lips. Anticipate with great pleasure. For example, The kids were licking their chops as Mother described the family vacation plans, or I couldn't help but lick my lips when she talked about the menu. Both expressions allude to anticipating a tasty morsel of food. The second is the older, dating from about 1500 and used interchangeably with lick one's fingers, now seldom heard. The first also served as 1930s jazz slang for warming up, chops meaning "the jaw or mouth" (a usage dating from the 1300s).
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lick (one's) chops

To anticipate delightedly.
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Calico runs into snaggletooth troubles in his flight, but he makes a quick decision to escape minus one quickfoot sox and lives to lick his chops and run another day.
Also under this label, is a group of Torched Sambar Stag classic fixed-blade knives bound to make the ardent hunter lick his chops.
Why should man's best friend have to lick his chops in frustration and envy as his or her human master laps up a bowl of chocolate ice cream or chows down on a double-scoop vanilla cone?
If merely getting swept by any old opponent, in any old way, at any old time, makes a man lick his chops over a plate of hard-pointed metal, then getting mopped up by your local rival, in a manner that seems to confirm the worst about your team, as the front office's trading-deadline decisions are being formulated - this calls for harder stuff.