lick (one's) lips

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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.
See also: lick, lip
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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.
See also: lick, lip
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
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"You young dog," said the man, licking his lips, "what fat cheeks you ha' got."
"Isn't it, though?" returned the Hungry Tiger, licking his lips with his long red tongue.
The dog growled again; and licking his lips, eyed Oliver as if he were anxious to attach himself to his windpipe without delay.
They found him stretched out on a warm ledge in the afternoon sun, admiring his beautiful new coat, for he had been in retirement for the last ten days changing his skin, and now he was very splendid--darting his big blunt-nosed head along the ground, and twisting the thirty feet of his body into fantastic knots and curves, and licking his lips as he thought of his dinner to come.
"Others also," said Bagheera, licking his lips and looking at the monkey-dead on the terrace and round the tank.
"That's a fetching little girl, Avdotya Romanovna," remarked Zossimov, almost licking his lips as they both came out into the street.
"Come, now, Loker, none of your huffs," said Marks, licking his lips; "you see, Mr.
He rubbed his groin and made sickening sexual gestures towards the girls, aged 13 and 14, before licking his lips and blowing them kisses.
Ryan Sessegnon will be licking his lips. But with a low total-goals forecast, my gut says the 9/4 'anytime' about the Fulham superteen is too short.
"He was licking his lips, blowing kisses and saying 'sexy' under his breath.
The short straight boundaries at Cardiff should have Guptill in particular licking his lips and an aggressive approach can be expected from the underdogs.
SHANE LOWRY should be licking his lips at the prospect of teeing it up at Chambers Bay.
GREGOR TOWNSEND last night admitted he was licking his lips at the prospect of Glasgow's double French challenge at the new European Champions Warriors were the top group of the first time - reaching the finals.
JUAN MATA is licking his lips at the prospect of playing in his first Manchester derby.
Meanwhile, a retired serial killer known as The Shoreditch Creeper is practically licking his lips as he tells Luther what fun it is to murder someone.