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Noun: licking  li-king
  1. An unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
    "they suffered a convincing licking";
    - defeat
  2. The act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    - beating, thrashing, drubbing, lacing, trouncing, whacking, hiding
Verb: lick  lik
  1. Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    "We licked the other team on Sunday!";
    - cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, marmelise [Brit, informal], trounce, whale [N. Amer], marmelize [Brit, informal], marmalise [Brit, informal], marmalize [Brit, informal], wipe the floor, beat hollow, muller [Brit], smoke [N. Amer], slaughter, hammer, tromp [N. Amer]
  2. Pass the tongue over
    "the dog licked her hand";
    - lap
  3. Find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
    "did you lick the problem?";
    - solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, work, unriddle
  4. Take up with the tongue
    "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast";
    - lap, lap up

Derived forms: lickings

Type of: beat, beat out, conclusion, corporal punishment, crush, drink, ending, failure, finish, imbibe, shell, stroke, trounce, understand, vanquish

Encyclopedia: Licking, Missouri