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  • noun Plural form of yap.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of yap.


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  • Brown of back and greenish-white under surface; noisy, too, for it "yaps" as a terrier whensoever intruders approach the island during the brooding season; and its puff-ball chicken, crouching in dim recesses, takes the bluish-grey hue of the rock.

    Confessions of a Beachcomber 1887

  • He found the father the exact antithesis of the daughter: a nervous, fretful, irritable individual (gout had him by the heels at the time), who was as full of "yaps" and snarls as any Irish terrier, and as peevish and fussy as a fault-finding old woman.

    Cleek, the Master Detective Thomas W. Hanshew 1885

  • He imagined, in his feverishness, that he heard faint "yaps" every now and then; and he almost expected to see everybody lay down knife and fork.

    Five Little Peppers at School Margaret Sidney 1884

  • He dreamed also, if one may judge by the sounds that came from his cage at night, complaining, whining, almost barking like the "yaps" of a young puppy, and many sorts of indescribable noises.

    In Nesting Time Olive Thorne Miller 1874

  • "yaps" and snarls as any Irish terrier, and as peevish and fussy as a fault-finding old woman.

    Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces Thomas W. Hanshew 1885

  • I think he should keep his yaps shut and go back to the farm.

    Jeb Bush: 'I don't know' if Obama is a socialist 2009

  • If we're confident in ourselves and our position that we need not, should not and, ultimately, cannot interfere (because Iran is a sovereign state and the peoples 'freedom is theirs to win and thereby to own), we can keep our yaps shut.

    Poll of Polls: Obama more popular than his policies 2009

  • Everyone and their brother yaps about it constantly, as if it is not something any common idiot, person, or goat can also do.

    Roseanne Archy Roseanne Barr 2011

  • Well, I am being cruel, primarily because I want my friends to keep their yaps shut and stop trying to help.

    Yes, the Knee Hurts. So Does the Advice Joe Queenan 2011

  • Unless you or some other neocon robot talking-point parrot has worked out a way to efficiently, efficaciously (and within a reasonable budget) oust 20 million people from this country without committing crimes against humanity, then you're probably better off keeping your bigotted yaps shut while the adults handle it.

    Gingrich holds jobs summit one day before Obama's 2009


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