Definition of a lick and a promise in English:

a lick and a promise

phrase

informal
  • An act of cleaning or washing something in a hasty manner.

    ‘she would give a lick and a promise to her parlour, and sit down to await the American gentleman’
    • ‘Generally, players sign balls with a lick and a promise.’
    • ‘Look at the way you skip from chore to chore, always doing everything with a lick and a promise.’
    • ‘Wobbling into the bathroom, she picked up her toothbrush and gave her teeth a lick and a promise.’
    • ‘Is one's spiritual life really satisfied with a lick and a promise?’
    • ‘The global fiat currency is based on nothing more than a lick and a promise and long-term it's headed toward complete restructuring.’
    • ‘The chow's coat requires more than a lick and a promise from the chow's owner.’