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salivate (all) over (someone or something)

1. Literally, to release saliva from one's mouth onto someone or something. Can you please come in here and get your dog before he salivates all over me?
2. To be very excited about or interested in something. My girlfriend has been salivating over these fancy speakers that just went on sale. The last time I went to that place, this creepy old guy started salivating over me at the bar.
See also: over, salivate
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salivate over

To be very eager about, excited about, or desirous for something: The fans of the rock group salivated over the newest CD.
See also: over, salivate
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The amount of VEEV collected from mosquitoes that salivated in vitro for <3 minutes was significantly less than the amount collected from mosquitoes allowed to salivate for 45 minutes (p<0.0001).
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Thus, a hungry dog that is shown food will salivate. If a bell is made to ring every time the dog is shown food, the dog will eventually salivate when the bell rings even when food is not shown.
Pavlov discovered that dogs can be trained to salivate to the sound of a bell.
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In short, while the inane press continues to salivate over it, the survey has been largely ignored and dismissed by the intelligent community.
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Although she has put her agent's role to one side in recent years, Pagones added: "I do miss it and, like one of those Pavlovian dogs, I salivate when I get to a yearling sale."
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