Adjective "Lick" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Pass the tongue over (something) in order to taste, moisten, or clean it.
  1. 'I know dogs like to roll around in the dirt, but dogs also don't lick themselves clean.'
  2. 'The customer licked his plate clean and the dish was thus born.'
  3. 'I sucked more of it from my finger, until it was licked, clean.'
  4. 'He now always licks the lenses clean with his tongue before wiping them on a cloth.'
  5. 'He licked it off, rather like a cat licking his paw clean.'
  6. 'I opened my eyes to see big tan puppy was licking me.'
  7. 'Plus, with its slightly sweet taste, pets will lick the floor or other surfaces.'
  8. 'I nervously licked them, a habit of mine when nervous.'
  9. 'I edged away as far as I could get, finished my chips, and decided that I'd pass on licking my fingers clean.'
  10. 'The sickening sound of a saliva dripping tongue licking dry lips met my ears.'
  11. 'the flames licked around the wood'
  12. 'Video footage taken inside the club showed flames licking at foam insulation behind the stage, which erupted into a fast-moving fire that sent fans stampeding for the exits.'
  13. 'Ceramic coals don't make a proper noise, for a start, and don't fall apart as the flames lick into them.'
  14. 'He dropped the fireball, the ground erupting in a fierce inferno, brutal flames licking at the surrounding trees with their fiery tongues.'
  15. 'The little white stick seemed to exhale appreciatively as the fire licked it.'
  16. 'Flames were already licking up the smashed windscreen and into the car.'
  17. 'With a ‘whoosh’, the dried wood and grasses caught fire, and the flames licked around the pyre.'
  18. 'He jumped over the fire, flames licking at the soles and bottoms of his hobnailed boots.'
  19. 'The flames were already licking through the panels with a fierce urgency that was terrifying to see.'
  20. 'Eyewitnesses have reported ‘large flames licking up the outside of the building,’ suggesting that such a fire might easily have caused serious injury.'
Overcome (a person or problem) decisively.
  1. 'the Chancellor said that the government had inflation licked'
  2. 'After not beating Leicester for 13 years, Gregory thought he had them licked when his side equalised 15 minutes from time.'
  3. 'So you can take the entire project on a disk and a laptop to your villa in Portugal and edit cost-free till you feel you've licked it.'
  4. 'I hope that the brevity of this war does not convince Americans that we can lick anybody on the block.'
  5. 'If you see him, lick him with a stone or something.'
  6. 'The Atlantic coast of the island is not that great for swimming, a bit too rough, and hence, one evening I did walk in waist high, but the waves were licking me down so I didn't tarry.'


An act of licking something with the tongue.
  1. 'She nudged him with her nose, and gave him a brief lick of her long tongue before turning and trotting away.'
  2. 'Do you know that it takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single scoop of ice cream cone?'
  3. 'I extracted slow licks from a single scoop of vanilla.'
  4. 'She was giggling, occasionally giving him a kiss, a lick, a nibble.'
  5. 'He does that puppy-tongue lick of his lower lip that someone should tell him to stop doing.'
  6. 'He shuffled closer to her and gave her a soft lick on the cheek.'
  7. 'A small smile broke out across her face as the bunny gave her finger a quick lick, then snorted at her.'
  8. 'She reached up and gave him a short lick on the cheek.'
  9. 'For a second the dog hesitated, then as if compelled by a command, Rocky pounced on Kevin trailing his rough tongue all over his master's face in long slurpy licks.'
  10. 'The lion looked away again and gave itself an embarrassed lick.'
  11. 'She groaned as that lick of flame deep inside of her flared up again.'
  12. 'I could almost see licks of flame dancing in the highly flammable, potent alcohol.'
  13. 'Neither seemed to pay any attention to the licks of flame jetting from the angel's sword.'
  14. 'Suddenly, a lick of flame leapt from the tip of the staff.'
  15. 'My mother was standing at the kitchen window watching a column of thick black smoke rising into the sky, punctuated by the odd lick of flame.'
  16. 'The barrel flared at the end, frothing out a lick of flame before the second round dispersed.'
  17. 'On the edge of the horizon, slightly to the southwest, there was a lick of flame.'
  18. 'His eyes were transfixed in a blank stare, not seeming to recognize anything around him, but focused intently upon the licks of flame that jumped and fluttered off of the burning wood beneath the cooking grate.'
  19. 'Each small lick of flame lights another blade of grass, quickly spreading until everything is a glowing inferno of destruction.'
  20. '‘She swears she saw a lick of flame shoot up from the opening,’ explained Chris.'
A light coating or quick application of something, especially paint.
  1. 'The day we broke up it was like the whole school suddenly got a fresh lick of paint.'
  2. 'He would have been fine in the movie if the script made a lick of sense.'
  3. 'I said to the players after the game that it had come down to a lick of paint.'
  4. 'According to the batting coach who never could hit a lick, you've got three changes - psychological, physical, and mental.'
  5. 'What would it cost for a lick of paint, some artificial flowers and some air fresheners?'
  6. 'I didn't care a lick about any of them.'
  7. 'Then, a couple of years ago, it had a lick of paint and a bit of internal surgery and, lo and behold, it changed name and nationality in one go.'
  8. 'I brought it back to London and it came up a treat after a quick lick of creosote.'
  9. 'Now who do I know who would like to buy a slightly used T-Bird that needed a lick of paint?'
  10. 'I didn't care a lick about what they were talking about.'
  11. 'there's not a lick of suspense in the entire plot'
  12. 'Don't yet give a lick of info about yourself.'
  13. 'He got this job in November without a lick of managerial experience and only three years of service as a major league coach.'
  14. 'Since Yuen doesn't speak a lick of English, this feature has a voice over for us English speaking moviegoers.'
  15. 'And now I look at my kids with their little, you know, video games every day, and they don't speak a lick of Spanish.'
  16. 'Having been in captivity since she was born, her parents never cared a lick about sex education.'
  17. 'That doesn't do a lick of good.'
  18. 'I don't see a lick of difference, nothing.'
  19. 'Does this action make a lick of sense to anybody?'
  20. 'And the threat levels are publicly known, so any terrorist with a lick of sense will simply wait until the threat level goes down.'
A short phrase or solo in jazz or popular music.
  1. 'The opening guitar licks cut through the radio's silence.'
  2. 'Each song combines similar elements - hip hop loops, cheesy retro keyboards, sampled jazz licks, and various other found sounds.'
  3. 'Displaying boundless energy, he hopped up on the DJ booth and scratched for a bit, played a few licks on the guitar, pounded on the keyboard for a bit, then took a turn at the slide guitar and then massacred the drum kit.'
  4. 'It's a darker, slow-moving swirl of bluesy guitar licks in a nebula of electronic debris and feedback drone.'
  5. 'An outstanding guitarist in his own right, Thompson obviously spotted the potential of George's jazz licks within the R & B idiom.'
  6. 'The music is an odd mix of very cinematic orchestral pieces, techno, and hot guitar licks.'
  7. 'He assures the show was ‘really cool’ and that the crowd really seemed to relate to the mainstream mélange of new punk and straight up rock licks.'
  8. 'These types of impressive, hyperactive guitar licks cover much of the album.'
  9. 'He plays part of a familiar blues lick, but then resolves it in entirely nonstandard fashion.'
  10. 'Her ethereal vocals soared over a backdrop of lush guitar licks, deep bass and softly crashing drums during their stunning half-hour set.'
A smart blow.
  1. 'Michael got a few licks in while he could.'
  2. 'Look like they took a helluva lick, but they ain't dead.'
  3. 'Nearly as important as glass and magnification is a device's ability to take a few licks.'

More definitions

verb (used with object)

1. to pass the tongue over the surface of, as to moisten, taste, or eat (often followed by up, off, from, etc.): to lick a postage stamp; to lick an ice-cream cone.

2. to make, or cause to become, by stroking with the tongue: to lick a spoon clean.

3. (of waves, flames, etc.) to pass or play lightly over: The flame licked the dry timber.

4. Informal. to hit or beat, especially as a punishment; thrash; whip. to overcome or defeat, as in a fight, game, or conte


(lick)Old English liccian, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch likken and German lecken, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leikhein and Latin lingere.


at a lick
a lick and a promise
lick someone's arse
lick someone's boots
lick one's lips (or chops)
lick one's wounds
not be able to do something a lick