1. A lapping with the tongue.
2. A flogging or castigation. [Colloq. or Low]
Lick v. t. [imp. & p. p. Licked p. pr. & vb. n. Licking.]
1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand.
2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk.
To lick the dust, to be slain; to fall in battle. “His enemies shall lick the dust.” --Ps. lxxii. 9.
To lick into shape, to give proper form to; -- from a notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and subsequently formed by licking. --Hudibras.
To lick the spittle of, to fawn upon. --South.
To lick up, to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely. --Shak. --Num. xxii. 4.
n 1: an unsuccessful ending [syn: defeat] [ant: victory]
2: the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated
blows [syn: beating, thrashing, drubbing, lacing,