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
Example sentences from the Web for lick
There’s scant evidence that labels make a lick of difference to viewers.Twitter and Facebook warning labels aren’t enough to save democracy|Geoffrey Fowler|November 9, 2020|Washington Post
Wherever I gits throwed, there my rifle, and my matches, and my licker gits throwed too!The Way of a Man|Emerson Hough
He sneeringly replied: "I pay fur my licker an' it's nun uf yer dam business how much I drink uf it."Watch Yourself Go By|Al. G. Field
Lh-shee, the Licker; a half-breed warrior, called Creek Billey.
It's a good idee to occasionally instruct the stummick that it mustn't depend excloosively on licker for its sustainance.
Consekens was, I presented myself at Betsy's bedside late at night with consid'ble licker concealed about my person.
British Dictionary definitions for lick
- to defeat or vanquish
- to flog or thrash
- to be or do much better than