• wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
    wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj licked having been got the better of "I'm pretty beat up but I don't feel licked yet"
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  • Gene Roddenberry
    Gene Roddenberry
    “A man either lives life as it happens to him, meets it head-on and licks it, or he turns his back on it and starts to wither away.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers.”
  • Harper Lee
    Harper Lee
    “Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”
  • William B. Given
    William B. Given
    “Details often kill initiative, but there have been few successful men who weren't good at details. Don't ignore details. Lick them.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.”
  • Proverb
    “Many lick before they bite.”


A lick and a promise - If you give something a lick and a promise, you do it hurriedly, most often incompletely, intending to return to it later.
Calf lick - A calf lick is the weird parting in your fringe where your hair grows in a different direction, usually to one side.
Cat's lick - (Scot) A cat's lick is a very quick wash.


In literature:

We ought to lick them this year.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
Dare you to stand still till we lick you!
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
We want a Railsford's fellow to lick the time of every event in the School sports.
"The Master of the Shell" by Talbot Baines Reed
These regiments were all "raw"; and my duty, with others, consisted in "licking them into shape".
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Licked, sir, licked out and out.
"Brownsmith's Boy" by George Manville Fenn
You can lick him with one hand.
"Burr Junior" by G. Manville Fenn
He's such a big fellow that I believe he'll lick me easily.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
It was just like a smart frigate licking a couple of two-deckers.
"The Lost Middy" by George Manville Fenn
I am pretty well accustomed to your lickings, and they don't hurt me much.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
It was so big that it jarred the whole earth when it struck a lick.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Off to one side was a lion, licking, with his big red tongue, a sore place on his leg.
"Nero, the Circus Lion" by Richard Barnum
You are thinking of the Lick Observatory.
"The Dictator" by Justin McCarthy
Wouldn't he splutter and think himself Lord Muck, and that every one oughter be licking his boots!
"Some Everyday Folk and Dawn" by Miles Franklin
We know at this minute that he'd like nothing better than to see the United States licked by Germany.
"Army Boys on the Firing Line" by Homer Randall
A licking or pay for the damage done!
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Hence the name of Salt Licks.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
He stood over him for nearly half an hour, listening, licking his wound, and growling.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
He can lee like a dog licking a dish.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
Why, even our miller's daughters could lick them into fits.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
The skipper gave him a licking, and the work went on.
"The Grain Ship" by Morgan Robertson

In poetry:

He licked my hand wondering to see me muse so,
And wished I would lead on the journey or home,
As though not a moment of spring were to go
In brooding; but I stood, if her spirit might come
"The Child's Grave" by Edmund Blunden
Oh then! Value means survival-
Value. If our progeny
Spreads and spawns and licks each rival,
That will prove its deity
(Far from pleasant, by our present,
Standards, though it may well be).
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis
Spoke in an undertone a kind of prayer,
His eyes to heaven, where the licking flames grew long,
Till a frightful thunder resounded above the glare
And made an end of the gladness and the song.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
I know the softly shining sea
That rolls this gentle swell
Has snarled and licked its tongues at me
And bared its fangs as well;
That 'neath its smile so heavenly,
There lurks the scowl of hell!
"On A Sea Wall" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Her master was tired and slept right soundly,
But little Fido began to feel rather weary,
And she thought her master was long enough in that place,
And at last she awakened her master by licking his face.
"The Faithful Dog Fido" by William Topaz McGonagall
The blood she staunch'd, with tender tongue,
Then higher to his hand she sprung,
And lick'd with fond caress!
Her gestures all this truth declare,
"Thy Zoe makes thy life her care,
And joys in her success!"
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley

In news:

Instead of sending candy, they chose to distribute photos of a gorgeous woman licking a sucker.
Tire-licking conservative profiles who use avatars of attractive women to garner attention.
Dog's licking, yawning signs of stress.
ASSOCIATED PRESS file photo July 2, 1959: Golfer Mickey Wright of Dallas, drives the first tee at the French Lick-Sheraton Country Club in French Lick, Ind.
The Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident on State Route 37 in Licking County.
Wildfire licks perimeter of Air Force Academy .
Many conservatives are still licking their wounds from election night, and understandably so.
Don't lick a frozen flagpole: a classic scene from "A Christmas Story".
Members of the Licking County Hazmat Team for Newark Fire were called to a Newark business Thursday afternoon on a report of a spill of liquid ammonia .
Anchor licks reindeer poop ornament on live TV.
One killed in Licking County wreck.
If you look a little closer, you will see PITA's paw holding on to Big Boy's side while Big Boy is licking PITA's face.
Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack has been caught on camera in a lurid scandal where another woman is apparently licking her breast.
One person is dead after a rollover crash shortly before midnight in Licking County.
Elvis Gets LICKED By This HOTTIE.

In science:

Lick, Generalized connectivity in graphs, Bull.
A survey on the generalized connectivity of graphs
Johnson et al. (2012) analysed the Kepler Q1 and Q2 data, which shows clear spot activity, plus a Z -band transit light curve obtained using the 1 m Nickel telescope at Lick Observatory.
Homogeneous studies of transiting extrasolar planets. V. New results for 38 planets
Nearby supernova rates from the Lick Observatory Supernova Search - II.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
In: Alavi Y., Lick D. R., Schwenk A. (eds.) Combinatorics, Graph theory, and Algorithms, vol.
Degree sequences of random digraphs and bipartite graphs
We describe the observations and data reductions used to measure redshifts, velocity dispersions and the Mgb and Mg2 Lick linestrength indices.
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
Comparison of our measurements with published datasets shows no systematic errors in the redshifts or velocity dispersions and only small zeropoint corrections to bring our linestrengths onto the standard Lick system.
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
This is a refinement of the original ‘Lick’ system in which a standard set of bands was defined for measuring linestrength indices for 11 features in the spectra of spheroidal systems (Burstein et al. 1984).
The peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in two distant regions - II. The spectroscopic data
To convert measured equivalent widths to indices on the Lick/IDS system (Worthey et al. 1994), corrections for the difference in spectral resolution and velocity broadening in the galaxies must be applied.
SAURON: An Innovative Look at Early-Type Galaxies
Norbert Przybilla how important it still is to get better atomic data for both LTE and nonLTE abundance analyses, and from Mariagrazia Franchini about the possibilities of using the Lick indices to get α/Fe ratios.
Summary Talk
Abundances in stellar populations can be studied on the basis of integrated light using the Lick indices (Scott Trager) calibrated on globular clusters.
Summary Talk
Finally, the absorption line strengths are calibrated onto the well-established LICK/IDS system (e.g.
OASIS High-Resolution Integral Field Spectroscopy of the SAURON Ellipticals and Lenticulars
The largest fraction of stars in our library was selected from the Lick group sample (Worthey et al. 1994), assuring that they have high quality optical spectra and known spectral type, surface gravity, and metallicity.
A Medium-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectral Library of Late Type Stars: I
However, the Lick library was aimed at modeling galaxies with old stellar populations – ellipticals and bulges of spirals, – and therefore, is mainly composed of giants and dwarfs.
A Medium-Resolution Near-Infrared Spectral Library of Late Type Stars: I
Salim et al. (2004) also report CCD photometry for LHS 4033, on the Johnson-Cousins system, from the Lick Observatory 1 m Nickel telescope.
Analysis of a Very Massive DA White Dwarf via the Trigonometric Parallax and Spectroscopic Methods
The first observational record is that made by Mary Lea Heger during her PhD research at Lick Observatory but systematic studies began with the work of Paul Merrill [2,3].
The Diffuse Interstellar Bands: A Major Problem in Astronomical Spectroscopy