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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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Venezuelan authorities, who had been salivating over royalties from a huge mine, charged that Mineria Las Cristinas and Placer had violated their contract by not developing the mine faster and called the transfer to Vannessa a contract violation.
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citizens who are flying Old Glory, but in the parking lot of the mall I saw a few too many flag-festooned cars that also had bumper stickers and banners salivating over the possibility of bombing Afghanistan and pulverizing whoever gets in our way.
The tissue elasticity of intraoral structures and their continual movement as a result of talking, chewing, salivating, and swallowing can displace a stent and compromise the immobilization and protection of the skin graft.
English-Canada's critical establishment would be salivating, eagerly waiting his new book or film, ready to compare the latest literary works to those made for cinema.
The PRT was applied for approximately ten minutes before the officer of the day arrived at the scene, by which time the juvenile had become unresponsive, clammy, was gasping for breath and was salivating. The PRT continued to be applied for another twenty minutes, under the supervision of the officer of the day, until the juvenile was rendered unconscious.
IRST OFF, IT might bear mentioning that not every CEO of a (former) dot-com was eagerly spying the high-tech sector and salivating at the opportunity to join the mania.
More recently, Californians have established a multi-million dollar industry harvesting abalone and delivering the tasty treat to the salivating mouths of seafood connoisseurs.
Solutions providers are finally salivating over storage management, a market expected to reach a tasty $4B+ in 2003, a big wedge of it in the Windows and NT environments.
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It's like salivating when you smell something as you walk past a bakery, says Mattes.