Lick meaning

lĭk
The definition of a lick is a small amount.

An example of a lick is someone with very little common sense; a lick of common sense.

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Lick is defined as to lightly touch the tongue to, move the tongue across or wet with the tongue.

An example of lick is how you'd eat a soft serve ice cream in a cone.

An example of lick is using your tongue to wet the back of a stamp.

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An attempt; a try.

Why not give those skis a lick?

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Speed; pace.

Moving along at a good lick.

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A phrase improvised by a soloist, especially on the guitar or banjo.
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To pass the tongue over.

To lick one's lips.

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To bring into a certain condition by passing the tongue over.

To lick one's fingers clean.

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To pass lightly over like a tongue.

Flames licking the logs.

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To move lightly and quickly, as a flame.

Waves licking about her feet.

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The act or an instance of licking with the tongue.
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A small quantity.
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A phrase of jazz music, esp. an interpolated improvisation.
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Chance; turn.

To get one's licks in.

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To pass the tongue over or along.

Lick a stamp.

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To lap up.

The cat licked the milk from the bowl.

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To lap or flicker at like a tongue.

The waves licked the sides of the boat.

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To pass or lap quickly and rapidly.

The flames licked at our feet.

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The act or process of licking.
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An amount obtained by licking.

A lick of ice cream.

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A small quantity; a bit.

Hasn't got a lick of common sense.

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A deposit of exposed natural salt that is licked by passing animals.
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A sudden hard stroke; a blow.
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lick and a promise
  • A superficial effort made without care or enthusiasm.
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lick into shape
  • To bring into satisfactory condition or appearance.
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lick (one's) chops
  • To anticipate delightedly.
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lick (one's) wounds
  • To recuperate after a defeat.
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lick (someone's) boots
  • To behave in a servile or obsequious manner toward someone.
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lick into shape
  • To bring into proper condition by careful, persistent work.
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lick one's chops
  • To anticipate something eagerly.
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lick one's wounds
  • To withdraw physically or emotionally after experiencing failure, humiliation, or disappointment, as to collect or console oneself.
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lick up
  • To consume as by licking or lapping.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

lick and a promise
lick into shape
lick (someone's) boots
lick into shape

Origin of lick

  • Middle English licken from Old English liccian leigh- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition