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lick

verb uk   /lɪk/ us  

lick verb (MOVE TONGUE)

B2 [T] to move the tongue across the surface of something: He licked the chocolate off his fingers. She licked the stamps and stuck them on the parcel. [T, I + prep] If flames or waves lick something, they pass over it quickly or touch it lightly like a tongue: Within a few seconds flames were licking at the curtains.

lick verb (DEFEAT)

[T] informal to defeat easily in a competition, fight, etc.: We'll lick the other teams.

lick

noun uk   /lɪk/ us  

lick noun (HIT)

[C] old-fashioned informal the act of hitting someone with something such as a whip

lick noun (SPEED)

at a fair, great, etc. lick UK informal at a fast speed: The trains go by at a hell of a lick.

lick noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] informal a small amount or thin layer: The living room could do with a lick of paint.

lick noun (MUSIC)

[C] specialized music in jazz or rock music, a short series of notes played by one musician

lick noun (TONGUE)

[C] the action of licking something: Can I have a lick of your ice cream?
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