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licking

[lik-ing] /ˈlɪk ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Informal.
  1. a beating or thrashing.
  2. a reversal or disappointment; defeat or setback.
2.
the act of a person or thing that licks.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see lick, -ing1
Related forms
nonlicking, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nonlicking

licking

/ˈlɪkɪŋ/
noun (informal)
1.
a beating
2.
a defeat
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Word Origin and History for nonlicking

licking

n.

"an act of licking or lapping," late 14c., from present participle of lick (v.1); meaning "a beating" is 1756, from lick (v.2).

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