lick


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lick \Lick\ (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Licked (l[i^]kt); p.
   pr. & vb. n. Licking.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n,
   D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi-laig[=o]n,
   Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei`chein, Skr. lih, rih.
   [root]121. Cf. Lecher, Relish.]
   1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his
      master's hand. --Addison.
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   2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks
      milk. --Shak.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lick \Lick\, n.
   A slap; a quick stroke. [Colloq.] "A lick across the face."
   --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lick \Lick\, n. [See Lick, v.]
   1. A stroke of the tongue in licking. "A lick at the honey
      pot." --Dryden.
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   2. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a
      stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a
      tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush.
      Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied.
      [Colloq.]
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            A lick of court whitewash.            --Gray.
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   3. A place where salt is found on the surface of the earth,
      to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but
      not always, near salt springs. Called also salt lick.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lick \Lick\, v. t. [Cf. OSw. l[aum]gga to place, strike, prick.]
   To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to
   whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter. [Colloq. or
   Low] --Carlyle. --Thackeray.
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