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yack (one's) head off
1. To talk ceaselessly or at great length. He yacked his head off for nearly two hours before he finally brought the meeting to a close. Sorry, I've been yacking my head off about my research. I hope I'm not boring you!
2. To bore or exhaust one with ceaseless chatter. I love my Aunt Lily, but she yacks my head off whenever I go to visit her. I hope my uncle Mike didn't yack your head off at dinner.
1. slang To talk incessantly or at length; to chatter, prattle, or jabber. I got stuck sitting next to Randy at the company dinner, who just yakked at me all night about his fantasy football team. She was relieved to see her boyfriend yakking it up with her dad and brothers.
2. slang To vomit. Usually followed by "up." The dog has been yakking its food all over the carpet. I felt like I was going to yak up my lunch while we were riding on that twisty roller coaster.
yak at (one)
To talk to one about trite or meaningless things in an exhausting, tedious, and lengthy manner, especially without letting the other person respond or engage meaningfully. I got stuck sitting next to Randy at the company dinner, who just yakked at me all night about his fantasy football team. If you're just yakking at your clients about a bunch of numbers and graphs, you probably aren't getting them very interested in what you have to say.
See also: yak
yak it up
1. To vomit what one had previously eaten. Don't let the dog eat that, or he'll spend the rest of the afternoon yakking it up! That fish isn't sitting right in my stomach. I feel like I might have to yak it up.
2. To talk ceaselessly or at great length (about something). My dad has no trouble yakking it up about the time he spent traveling around South America. I was worried my guest wouldn't have much to say on the topic, but she yakked it up for a solid hour.
3. To converse (with someone) very easily and at length. She spent the whole party yakking it up with one of the producers. She was relieved to see her boyfriend yakking it up with her dad and brothers.
tech Small, seemingly-insignificant tasks that need to be completed before a larger one can be done. I know you're waiting on me for the software update, I'm doing this yak shaving as fast as I can!
1. slang To vomit (something). A noun or pronoun can be used between "yak" and "up." The dog has this nasty habit of eating candles off the table and then yakking them up all over the carpet later. We both yakked up our dinner the whole night, so there was definitely something wrong with what they served us.
2. slang To talk ceaselessly or at great length (about something). My dad can always yak up a storm about the time he spent traveling around South America. Sarah always ends up yakking up something controversial whenever she's around my family.
yack one's head off
Fig. to talk a great deal. Jane yacked her head off and ended up with a sore throat. Don't yack your head off!
yack something up
Inf. to talk a great deal [about someone or something]. (The something is often it.) She yacked the concert up endlessly. Sally yacked up the concert, trying to get people to attend. Yack it up and see if you can get people to attend.
yak upor yack up
To eject some contents of the stomach by vomiting: He was so sick today that he yakked up his lunch. The dog ate some leather and then yakked it up.
yackand yock and yuck and yuk (jæk and jɔk and jək)
1. n. a foolish person. Who’s the yock wearing the red bandana?
2. n. idle chatter. I’ve heard enough yack to last me a lifetime.
3. Go to yak.
yakand yack (jæk)
1. in. to talk. Stop yakking for a minute.
2. n. a chat. We had a nice little yack and then left for work.
3. n. a joke. Don’t tell that yack again. It’s not a winner.
4. n. a laugh from a joke. The audience produced a feeble yak that was mostly from embarrassment.
5. in. to vomit. (Onomatopoetic.) Hank was in the john yakking all night.
6. n. cognac. (Streets.) My man, have some yak.
yak it up
tv. to talk incessantly or a lot. Why don’t you all just yak it up while I get ready to give the talk?