lick one's chops

[lick one's chops] {v. phr.}, {informal} To think about somethingpleasant; enjoy the thought of something.

John is licking his chopsabout the steak dinner tonight.

Tom is licking his chops about thelifeguard job he will have at the beach next summer.

Our team islicking its chops because we beat the champions last night.

(From thefact that some animals lick their mouths when they expect to be fed orwhen they see food, and after eating.) Compare: LOOK FORWARD TO, MAKEONE'S MOUTH WATER.