One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]Australian, NZ
Defeat (someone) resoundingly.‘she donkey-licked her opposition in the 1200m sprint’
- ‘He donkey-licked them, and in a muddling-run race where he just couldn't quite get into his rhythm, but he picked up, and look out, Melbourne Cup—here we come!’
- ‘She's a fabulous horse to train, and she absolutely donkey-licked them!’
- ‘My horse of the season donkey-licked Mosheen, an accomplished group-one filly, and held a decision over the top-class sprinter Rain Affair.’
- ‘It was only a listed race, but it was weight-for-age against older horses, and she just donkey-licked them.’
- ‘Royal Descent could be the pick despite only donkey-licking her own age in the Oaks.’
- ‘He donkey-licked his rivals at Rosehill on Saturday.’
- ‘Swimming in lane four is the weapon of mass destruction that donkey-licked the opposition in the 2011 World Championships.’
- ‘She had been restricted to mostly trotting and cantering since she donkey-licked Bella Court at Awapuni.’
- ‘It was a star-studded field, and she was resuming after so long off the scene, but she just donkey-licked them.’
- ‘England put in a really great performance and donkey-licked us’
Late 19th century: from donkey + lick in the sense ‘beat decisively’.
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