Definition of lick one's lips (or chops) in English:

lick one's lips (or chops)

phrase

  • Look forward to something with eager anticipation.

    ‘I'd be licking my lips at the thought of working with a coach like that’
    • ‘Some smart attorney could easily identify at least ten possible criminal acts in those two slaps, and dad would be licking his chops in anticipation of a generous court award for his son's few moments of discomfort.’
    • ‘But while snow begins to flutter effortlessly from the sky and wreaths begin to pop up on front doors, Canadian children everywhere smile and lick their chops in anticipation.’
    • ‘But please, let's not have the army of advisers pulling on their selling boots and licking their chops at the prospect of Christmas in the Bahamas on the back of the fat commissions about to come their way.’
    • ‘Republican strategists are licking their chops at the thought of running against this guy.’
    • ‘Plus, you'll have every proponent, project manager and contractor in the room licking their chops in anticipation.’
    • ‘I know I'll be taken to task for this stand, that many parents who are licking their chops in anticipation of getting the $1, 000 would probably want to murder me.’
    • ‘The ink isn't even dry on their most recent deficit-busting tax cut, and they're already licking their chops over their next one.’
    • ‘He one day looked me up and down, licking his chops at me, and all that I could muster up was, ‘Don't look at me like that.’’
    • ‘‘They don't want to appear to be licking their chops too much,’ observes a New York University business professor.’
    • ‘Many who live here preach bitterly of its negative impacts, while developers lick their chops in anticipation of windfall profits.’