Mebby that speshul brand of licker turns out to be the missin' ingreedient, an' keys him up to deeds of heroism.
There'll be licker down there, an' it'll sure be quickfire licker at that.
I've give a heap of study in my time to this question of licker drams.
I asked the party in, an' I pay for what licker we drink—be thunder!
Ye know how 'tis—the licker an' the stuff to eat cleaned me out.
But thar's two gallons of licker in hit an' thet's wuth money.
When Old Hank was full of licker he knowed jest the ways to aggervate her the worst.
Of course, don't think for a minute that I mind losing the licker.
I raised my co'n on that same hill-side an' made my licker an' the government never said a word.
Worked some, but liked his 'licker' and was allus waitin' to pick a fuss.
Old English liccian "to pass the tongue over the surface, lap, lick up," from Proto-Germanic *likkon (cf. Old Saxon likkon, Dutch likken, Old High German lecchon, German lecken, Gothic bi-laigon), from PIE imitative base *leigh- (cf. Sanskrit ledhi "he licks," Armenian lizum "I lick," Greek leikhein "to lick," Latin lingere "to lick," Old Irish ligim "I lick," Welsh llwy "spoon"). French lécher is a Germanic loan word.
To lick (someone or something) into shape (1610s) is in reference to the supposed ways of bears:
Beres ben brought forthe al fowle and transformyd and after that by lyckyng of the fader and the moder they ben brought in to theyr kyndely shap. ["The Pylgremage of the Sowle," 1413]
"to beat," 1535, perhaps from figurative use of lick (v.1) in the Coverdale bible that year in sense of "defeat, annihilate" (an enemy's forces) in Num. xxii:4:
Now shal this heape licke up all that is about vs, euen as an oxe licketh vp the grasse in the field.But to lick (of) the whip "taste punishment" is attested from mid-15c.
"an act of licking," c.1600, from lick (v.1). Meaning "small portion" is 1814, originally Scottish; hence U.S. colloquial sense. Sense of "place where an animal goes to lick salt" is from 1747. The jazz music sense of "short figure or solo" is by 1922.