Definition of at a lick in English:

at a lick

phrase

informal
  • At a fast pace.

    ‘the hearse was going at a fair lick for that normally sedate vehicle’
    • ‘Taken at a lick, the most famous of the plays, The Playboy of the Western World, is a triumph.’
    • ‘Online recruitment revenues are growing at a lick - 43 per cent year on year for the first three quarters of 2003-and are expected to grow to £200m by 2008.’
    • ‘Soaring sales of secure routers helped the enterprise router market grow at a lick in Q1.’
    • ‘It's fine when you're moving at a lick but it's devoid of feel at low speed.’
    • ‘Despite his absence the parliament is going up at a lick and looking more awesome by the day.’
    speed, rate, pace, tempo, velocity, momentum
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