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  • n  an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
    they suffered a convincing licking
  • n  the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
  • v  beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  • v  pass the tongue over
  • v  find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  • v  take up with the tongue

  • Any tourist knows you can get thirsty seeing the sights, and even in the January cold, the Inauguration promises to keep a lot of people licking their (chapped) lips.
  • With the Connecticut Senator vowing to run as an independent, Republicans would be licking their chops - if only they had more confidence in their candidate.
  • Now 55, Bascombe is prosperous but wary, licking his wounds after two failed marriages and weathering the indignities of prostate cancer.
News & Articles


  • Brad Childress in International Herald Tribune
    He's done a great job of taking care of his body,Childress said. "It's a high-impact position. He's got a significant role. He's taken a licking and kept on ticking."
  • Bill Parcells in USA Today
    That was a pretty good licking,said Parcells, who shared a quick handshake with Payton at game's end. "I can't think of anything we did very well."
  • Brad Thorn in
    South Africa didn't do us any favours by beating England by so much. They will really be licking their wounds and really be giving everything they have got this weekend. It's going to be a tough one,said Thorn.

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