To lick up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To lick up to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely.
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Usage

In literature:

And I've made up my mind to stay with this proposition until I'm dead sure I'm licked.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
He refused to sleep with his bunk-mate, and finally had to lick him, I understand, to shut him up.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The blaze began to creep up and lick the twigs and branches as the blue smoke rose.
"Rob Harlow's Adventures" by George Manville Fenn
Away the fire leaped from tree to tree, licking up with its fiery tongue every object it encountered.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then how his tongue did fly as he licked them up and how the ants scampered in every direction trying to hide before he should get them!
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
Every now and then he looked up at me, and performed the to me unpleasant ceremony of licking his jaws.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
The piece of meat he had been eating dropped from his hand to the floor, and Nero picked it up and ate it, licking his jaws for more.
"Nero, the Circus Lion" by Richard Barnum
He got up and rubbed himself as well as he could, and then he thought that the Ice must be very strong to hit him so hard a lick.
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
Someone did the same to me, so I jumped up and licked him with a slipper.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
After trying to jump up on the doctor to lick his hands in thanks for his freedom, he started for his usual bath tub, the watering trough.
"Zip, the Adventures of a Frisky Fox Terrier" by Frances Trego Montgomery
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In poetry:

ALPHONSO, who in cool assurance all creation licks,
He up and said to EMMIE (who had impudence for six),
"MISS EMILY, I love you - will you marry? Say the word!"
And EMILY said, "Certainly, ALPHONSO, like a bird!"
"The Modest Couple" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It almost seemed to me as deadening as the sluice of dreary Styx.
Fire and foulness mixed with leadening
Slush I drank; but swam the reddening
Stuff a league with weary licks.
Up a sulphurous bank
We climbed, and there I sank.
"Written In Hell" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

The weather outside may be frightful, but there's nothing like some hot musical licks to fire up the winter music scene in northwest Iowa.
FRENCH LICK — It was a tough outing for Springs Valley Saturday as it racked up as many errors as it did hits against Attica (1-2), falling to the Red Ramblers, 9-0.
The last time Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey was warming up for an appearance against the Phils, a heckler piped up, "Try not to lick your hands a hundred times.".
MUCH of the wine-drinking world is gripped by chardonnay mania, never happier than when a spoon stands up in the glass and the taste is akin to licking an oak plank.
Following a divisive three-day special legislative session, both sides of the political aisle licked their wounds on Wednesday as they mustered up the strength to discuss the highlights of the 2012 session.
They'd have to turn up the music to drown out the slurping as patrons would be seen lifting their glasses, sticking out their tongues and drinking via "rapid licking" (like a dog).
Snowshoe 's top chefs will use local recipes to create finger-licking barbecue through the day leading up to the barbecue dinner.
To come up with licks like this requires some thought, but obviously the more you do, it the easier and more natural it gets.
A 15.5 game lead in the division and facing a starter with a record of 0-9 had to make you think the ValleyCats were licking their chops at lighting up the Lake Monsters on Saturday.
Believe it or not, the most famous barbecue joint in Texas, the Salt Lick, is easy to miss—if your windows are rolled up.
We scoured the hottest bars across the country and asked them to serve us up some trendy tequila cocktails that don't require licking, slamming, or sucking.
A team set up camera traps in Borneo in June, hoping to captures images of wildlife known to congregate at several mineral salt licks but the pictures that came back caught them all by surprise: groups of monkeys none had ever seen.
Ware is struggling to live up to its nickname: "The Town That Can't Be Licked.".
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In science:

In addition, one program is dedicated at Lick Observatory to follow up evolved A stars (Johnson et al. 2007a).
Testing planet formation theories with Giant stars
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