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.
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.
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References in classic literature ?
The soldiers lifted the canteen lids to their lips with reverential faces, emptied them, rolling the vodka in their mouths, and walked away from the sergeant major with brightened expressions, licking their lips and wiping them on the sleeves of their greatcoats.
Then both sat licking their lips, guiltily embarrassed, while the unblinking eyes of the terrible one bored into them, now into one, now into another, and then down at the rock-chunks of their preparedness.
To celebrate the launch of their new jam doughnut recipe, supermarket Morrisons is now challenging people to have a go at eating one without licking their lips.
India's abolition of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes with virtually no warning caused confusion and concern among ordinary people and in sectors of the economy where cash is king, but banks and electronic payment services are among those licking their lips.
And hey presto, three hours later, you have a whacking tub of creamy homemade gelato and happy people licking their lips.
Obviously, we're again talking about a pre-season friendly here, but I'm sure a 60-20 win over the old enemy will have the Hull fans licking their lips for the new season.
Then again," explains this expert, "people get in their own way by frequently licking their lips.
BOOKIES will be licking their lips at news [euro]4.
CITY fatcats are licking their lips at an expected 44 per cent surge in their annual bonuses.
Bookmakers love these machines, as they are goldmines, and with the government contemplating relaxing the laws on them even further, they must be licking their lips.
It found that 62 percent use alcohol as a stress reliever every night with one in three licking their lips at the thought before they even get home, the Daily Express reported.
FOOD lovers were licking their lips after a raffle at their favourite restaurant raised pounds 1,365 to help care for children at a Birmingham hospice.
New Zealand will be licking their lips at some of our defence in the middle.
They were licking their lips with joy as they got a bellyfull of their favourite food.
ISLAMABAD, June 19, 2009 (Balochistan Times) --Infants capable of performing complex mouth movements like blowing bubbles and licking their lips are more likely to pick up language quickly, researchers say.