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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.
See also: head, off, yack


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.
See also: up, yak

yak shaving

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!
See also: shaving, yak

yak up

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.
See also: up, yak


slang A lot of prolonged, noisy, and unimportant talk or chatter. All right, cut out the yakety-yak, kids, it's time to get class started. I find I just have to tune out all the yakety-yak of the news during election season.

yak at

or yack at
v. Slang
1. To talk at length to someone without regard for his or her interest: My neighbors yakked at me about their new dog for over an hour.
2. To nag someone noisily or peevishly: Her parents yakked at her for getting home so late.
See also: yak

yak up

or yack up
v. Slang
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.
See also: up, yak


n. chatter; gossip. That’s enough yackety-yak. Quiet!


and 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?
See also: up, yak
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In this study, the effect of TSC on the stiffness of acid-induced, TGase-treated yak milk gels was investigated.
The external carotid nerve is composed of one branch in the Angora goat, donkey, some roe deer, dromedary camel, and horse (Sisson et al.), or two branches in most roe deer, Bactrian camel, white yak, yak, and most pigs (Kabak et al.), or 3 branches in some pigs (Kabak et al.).
The present study has shown that seasons are highly related to BTV infection in yaks (P < 0.05).
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Sunnara said the Yak Nang temple was discovered in 2006 by experts from the Ratanakkiri provincial Department of Culture and Fine Arts operating in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary.
We expected that the campus atmosphere around these two events would differ in nature and would thus trigger variations in Yik Yak behaviors.
In particular, previous studies have investigated yak diversity and population structures in different habitat locations in China, including Gansu (Cheng et al., 2014) and Qing-Hai (e.g., Qian et al., 2013), Xin-Jiang (e.g., Wang et al., 2013) and Tibet (e.g., Zhang et al., 2012; Song et al., 2014), using mtDNA.
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Three warm hats equals to one sheep, half a dozen plastic watches equal two sheep or a goat, and 10kg of tea or 5kg of flour equal to one yak.A secondary currency is yak butter, stored in the stitched stomach lining of a dead goat or a sheep.
The present study was therefore designed to examine the effects of different levels of protein concentrates supplementation on the growth performance of early weaned yaks, and to correlate the growth performance with changes in i) plasma amino acids and insulin profile, and ii) signalling activity of mTOR cascade, in an effort to characterize the pathway through which the concentrate supplementation promotes protein synthesis in yak calves.