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lick one's chops

Definition of lick one's chops

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  1. :  to feel or show excitement because something good is expected to happen <The players knew they would win and were licking their chops as they waited for the game to start.>



Word by Word Definitions

lickplay
  1. :  to draw the tongue over

    :  to flicker over like a tongue

    :  to take into the mouth with the tongue :  lap

  1. :  an act or instance of licking

    :  a small amount :  bit

    :  a hasty careless effort

chopsplay
  1. :  jaw

    :  mouth

    :  the fleshy covering of the jaws


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