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lick

lick

 
pronunciation:
lIk
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
phrases:
lick into shape, with a lick and a promise
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: licked, licking, licks
definition 1: to pass the tongue over or along the surface of.
The dog licked the boy's face.
 
synonyms:
tongue
similar words:
lap, moisten, taste, wet
definition 2: to bring to the mouth or eat away at by licking; lap up (often fol. by off or from).
She licked her ice cream cone.The dog licked up the water.
synonyms:
lap
similar words:
nibble, sip, slurp, suck, taste, tongue
definition 3: of flames, waves, and the like, to reach toward or pass lightly over.
The flames licked the edges of the wood.
synonyms:
graze, lap
similar words:
brush, caress, nibble, tongue, touch
definition 4: (informal) to beat or thrash in punishment.
His father licked him for stealing.
synonyms:
beat, drub, shellac, tan, thrash, trounce, wallop
similar words:
birch, cane, clobber, flog, hide, hit, smack, spank, switch, whip
definition 5: (informal) to outdo or defeat, as if in a fight.
She licked her opponent easily.
synonyms:
beat, clobber, conquer, defeat, drub, rout, shellac, thrash, trounce, wallop
similar words:
outdo, overpower, subdue, upset, vanquish, whip
phrase: lick into shape
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act or process of licking with the tongue.
She gave the envelope a lick and sealed it.
synonyms:
lap
similar words:
taste
definition 2: an amount brought to the mouth by the tongue in one pass.
Can I have a lick of your ice cream?
synonyms:
lap
similar words:
nibble, taste
definition 3: an area where salt is exposed and animals come to lick it; salt lick.
synonyms:
salt lick
definition 4: (informal) a cuff or slap; blow.
Be careful with what you say, or you'll get a lick.
synonyms:
blow, cuff, punch, slap, smack, spank, swat, whack
similar words:
buffet, hit, rap, thump, wallop
definition 5: (informal) even a small amount.
He hasn't done a lick of work.
synonyms:
bit, dab, iota, modicum, scintilla, shred, smidgen, speck, touch
similar words:
mite, scrap, smack, smattering, soupçon, taste, trace
definition 6: (usu. pl.) strong criticism.
synonyms:
rap, rebuke, slam, slap
similar words:
censure, criticism, denunciation, disapproval
phrase: with a lick and a promise
derivation: licker (n.)
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