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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.
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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?
Translations of “lick”
in Korean 핥다…
in Arabic يَلْحَس…
in French lécher…
in Turkish yalamak…
in Italian leccare…
in Chinese (Traditional) 移動舌頭, 舔,舐, (火焰)蔓延,掠過,吞捲…
in Russian лизать, облизывать…
in Polish lizać…
in Spanish lamer…
in Portuguese lamber, chupar…
in German lecken…
in Catalan llepar…
in Japanese ~をなめる…
in Chinese (Simplified) 移动舌头, 舔,舐, (火焰)蔓延,掠过,吞卷…
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