licking

[ lik-ing ]
/ ˈlɪk ɪŋ /

noun

Informal.
  1. a beating or thrashing.
  2. a reversal or disappointment; defeat or setback.
the act of a person or thing that licks.

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Origin of licking

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at lick, -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM licking

non·lick·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for licking

licking
/ (ˈlɪkɪŋ) /

noun informal

a beating
a defeat
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