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noun [S] uk   /ˈlɪk.ɪŋ/ us  

licking noun [S] (DEFEAT)

informal a defeat in a competition: The home team were given a good licking.Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport

licking noun [S] (PUNISHMENT)

old-fashioned informal the punishment of being hitHitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
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