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lick (one's) lips
1. To anticipate eating (something) with great eagerness or appetite. I was licking my lips when the waiter set the juicy steak down in front of me.
2. To show one's impatience or excitement to do something. You should have seen John at the car show. He was licking his lips looking at all those fancy sports cars. My detractors were practically licking their lips when they heard that my proposal had failed.
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lick one's lips
Fig. to show eagerness or pleasure about a future event. (From the habit of people licking their lips when they are about to enjoy eating something.) The children licked their lips at the sight of the cake. The author's readers were licking their lips in anticipation of her new novel.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.