verb (used with object)
- to hit or beat, especially as a punishment; thrash; whip.
- to overcome or defeat, as in a fight, game, or contest.
- to outdo or surpass.
verb (used without object)
- a blow.
- a brief, brisk burst of activity or energy.
- a quick pace or clip; speed.
- a small amount: I haven't done a lick of work all week.
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Idioms for lick
Origin of lick
OTHER WORDS FROM licklicker, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for lick
“She was cute, and I could see she was nice,” Ross said, noting how much she and her 10-year-old daughter enjoy taking the dog on walks and getting licks.So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out|Dana Hedgpeth|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
Since these “greeting licks” are often accompanied by wagging tails, mouths playfully open, and general excitement, it is not a stretch to say that the licks are a way to express happiness that you have returned.Forget Everything You Know About Your Dog (Ep. 436)|Stephen J. Dubner|October 22, 2020|Freakonomics
Grizzlies lick them up by the thousands, and the media has made a big deal out of Yellowstone bears eating these bugs.
I remember practicing that lick [from the solo “Round Midnight” recording] years ago, learning how to do that cascade effect.
Another intriguing fact about the original is that Sam Levene, who played Nathan, couldn't sing a lick and said so.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’|Ross Wetzsteon|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Elsewhere in the song, Kelly compares himself to the cookie monster and cleverly sings “I love to lick the middle like an Oreo.”R. Kelly’s Craziest Lyrics From ‘Black Panties,’ Analyzed|Chancellor Agard|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“I can still see the lick Marshall put on Ferguson,” said Ditka.
Well, thinks I, this is no joke sure, at this lick I'll have family enuff to do me in a few years.
Why, Dan Daly and half a dozen of our fellows would lick the whole crowd.Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser|Walter Fenton Mott
Then they came back to where their friend lay on the ground, and began to talk with him and lick his face.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children|Mabel Powers
He stooped and stroked the little animal, who stood on ridiculous hind-legs, straining to lick his hand.The Creators|May Sinclair
He wudden't know whether I swept or dusted rightly, or whether I gave the place a lick and a promise.In the Onyx Lobby|Carolyn Wells
British Dictionary definitions for lick
- to defeat or vanquish
- to flog or thrash
- to be or do much better than