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: yak

yak at

or yack at
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
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

Common Names:

KatherineKATH-ə-rin, KATH-rinEnglish
OpalineO-pə-leenEnglish (Rare)