• wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
    wolfhound licking hand of reclining man
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n licking the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    • n licking an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest "it was a narrow defeat","the army's only defeat","they suffered a convincing licking"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every time you lick a stamp, you're consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
    • Licking A flogging or castigation.
    • Licking A lapping with the tongue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible to lick your elbow.
    • n licking The act of one who licks.
    • n licking A beating; a thrashing.
    • n licking The adhesion of textile fibers (cotton) to any surface in the process of manufacture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
    • Licking a thrashing
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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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. liccian; Ger. lecken, L. lingĕre, Gr. leichein.


In literature:

Cattle licking one another is also a prolific cause.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
When you goin' for lick me?
"Old Man Savarin and Other Stories" by Edward William Thomson
The father swore he could lick the daddies of all the boys one at a time.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Paul grunted, licked his pipe-stem significantly and pointed his pole to the hill-top.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
I gave her a lick on the back I reckon she has always remembered.
"A Son of the Hills" by Harriet T. Comstock
The dumb mouth moved nearer to lick the man's fingers, but his movements were negative as far as any recognition of the name went.
"The Seventh Noon" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
And they licked and licked for hours and hours.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
If he can lick me, then he ought to get away.
"Pluck on the Long Trail" by Edwin L. Sabin
Shann licked his lips and tasted the sting of sap smeared on his face during his struggle with the bushes.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
And a sound licking will open their eyes better than soft soap.
"The Banner Boy Scouts on a Tour" by George A. Warren

In poetry:

Yes, Jack Canuck's a hero
Whose glory never fades;
He'll lick his weight in wild cats
--The day his lodge parades.
"Jack Canuck" by Abner Cosens
‘We are 'ere met together
in this momentous hower,
Ter lick th' bankers' dirty boots
an' keep the Bank in power.’
"Song Of The Six Hundred M.P.'S" by Ezra Pound
I know a nation, combed and clean,
with comely lads and lasses,
loyal liegemen ever keen
to lick their masters' asses.
"Table Hymn" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Stuttered-over-again World,
where I shall have been
a Guest, a Name,
sweated down from the Wall,
that a Wound licks up.
"Stuttered-Over-Again World" by Paul Celan
The old world glows with colours clear;
And if, as saith the saint,
The world is but a painted show,
Oh let us lick the paint!
"A Dedication To E.C.B." by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
"He lick'd my hand, by me carest,
But him with grief I saw
Half famish'd, and his gallant breast
Gor'd by the vulture's claw!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley

In news:

Nick Berger, Judah Christian, Senior, Golf Recently: Fired a 70 to win the ECIC medalist honor by 1 shot My longest drive 360-something at Lake of the Woods My favorite course Lick Creek in Pekin Tiger Woods is coming back.
In his first month on the job, Commissioner Raymond W Kelly created two new senior positions in the Police Department and filled them with men who have not a lick of experience policing New York City.
Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives , Soul's Chapel ( * * * * ) If the guitar lick that begins lead track Somebody Saved Me sounds like Roebuck "Pops" Staples resurrected, it ought to: Stuart is playing Staples' guitar.
And she was like, "Oh, I'm getting my pussy licked".
It all goes via the Web direct to Pitney, which stuffs, licks, and mails.
What's Worse Than Licking a Toilet Seat .
In West Lake Hills, Italian fare that'll have you licking your plate.
Until Tuesday, I hadn't run a lick since completing the half-marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon race May 1.
Russell Neff found licking TV remote control, police say.
There could be more wounds to lick.
Located just down the road from the confluence of the Licking and Muskingum rivers in Zanesville, is adding a pizza kitchen.
To celebrate I will make chocolate cupcakes tonight and the best part about it is licking the bowl.
Fredrick Leon Dalton , 73, of Spaw Lick Road, Philippi, died Saturday evening, Dec 8, 2012, in Broaddus Hospital, following an unexpected illness.
Lynn Haven, FL--The Mosley Dolphins are looking ahead to a date with county rival Bay, while also licking their wounds from the loss at Fort Walton last Friday.
Genuine finger-licking goodness, Texas style.

In science:

However, we can use the low-resolution Lick indices to explore relative α-abundances for the stars in our study.
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Specifically, we explore the relative Mg abundances using the Lick Mg b index centered at 5160-5190
Kinematics and Chemistry of Stars Along the Sagittarius Trailing Tidal Tail and Constraints on the Milky Way Mass Distribution
Lick, Generalized connectivity in graphs, Bull.
On the generalized (edge-)connectivity of graphs
We thank the time allocation committees of the Lick, Keck, WIYN, and WIRO observatories for granting us observing time and making this pro ject possible.
Additional Massive Binaries in the Cygnus OB2 Association
By stacking spectra of galaxies with similar stellar properties and measuring the Lick indices on those spectra, the authors were able to derive [Fe/H],[Mg/H], [Mg/Fe], and stellar age for a population of passive early-type galaxies.
The Effect of Major Mergers on Age and Metallicity Across the Fundamental Plane