lick (one's) lips

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lick (one's) lips

To be eager and/or show signs of excitement before or during doing something that one enjoys or that is or will be beneficial to one. A reference to literally licking one's lips in anticipation of eating something delicious. All of the scouts are really licking their lips to get Jones on their roster. You should have seen John at the car show—he was practically licking his lips.
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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.
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lick (or smack) your lips (or chops)

look forward to something with eager anticipation.
1997 Guardian Headhunting agencies licked their chops at the prospect of the fat placement fees.
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FISH AND CHIP FANS lick their lips after experts say cod stocks have increased enough to put the favourite back on the menu.
What was surprising is that 45% lick their lips to help with chapping and a combined 41% bite and chew on their lips to relieve chapping and flakiness.
His comments this week have laid bare the soul of Plaid Cymru, and most people in Wales will not like what they have seen, as the nationalists lick their lips over the possibility of a Conservative government in Wales.
But while Barca fans lick their lips in anticipaition, the Gunners fatihful are licking their wounds.
Children who lick their lips and blow bubbles find it easier to do what?
BABIES who blow bubbles and lick their lips are much better at learning words, according to psychologists.
CHILDREN who can lick their lips and blow bubbles find learning to speak easier, a study found today.