lick (one's) lips

(redirected from licked his lips)

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.
See also: lick, lip

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.
See also: lick, lip

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.
See also: lick, lip
References in classic literature ?
Paulvitch licked his lips in anticipatory joy, and urged his tired legs to greater speed that he might not be too late to the ship's anchorage to carry out his designs.
He paused, licked his lips, and shifted his weight uneasily from one leg to the other.
The retriever said nothing, but licked his lips after his meal and waddled off without so much as saying "Thank you" to the disgusted dog-boy.
He might free his hands before they came to lead him out to be butchered, and if he did--Tarzan licked his lips in anticipation, and smiled a cold, grim smile.
The First of the Tigers licked his lips and said: 'What matter?
A church volunteer licked his lips and blew kisses at a girl on a bus before trying to punch a good samaritan who intervened.
However, the doctor said that the one thing that sticks out is Giggs' lip-licking, as he licked his lips something like 15 times in the interview, which Collett feels is because the footballers mouth got dry due to anxiousness.
The old Jimmy sprayed his hair, licked his lips, clapped his hands and played the dictator.