One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Retire to recover one's strength or confidence after a humiliating experience.‘the party was licking its wounds after electoral defeat’
- ‘For now, lick your wounds, dry your tears, and regain your strength… and then we will continue the battle.’
- ‘There are a significant number of investors still licking their wounds from being over - exposed to equities from the turn of the century.’
- ‘The loser licks his wounds and accepts the verdict.’
- ‘Before licking your wounds and going off with your tail between your legs, learn to make fights scratch-free.’
- ‘But while many clubs are still licking their wounds - and a few are still in intensive care - the collapse of the deal could be the best thing to have happened to football in years.’
- ‘While America and the Bahamas were celebrating, Britain's athletes were left licking their wounds.’
- ‘Devastated at being let down by her own body, she has been licking her wounds, taking stock, trying to recover the self-belief that propelled her to victory in the Olympics, the European Championships and two Commonwealth Games.’
- ‘They are seasoned, hardened competitors who usually leave rivals licking their wounds.’
- ‘The objectors retreated to their homes, licking their wounds and gathering their strength for a fight against two other wind farms.’
- ‘Rarely can a Cup Final have ended in such dramatic circumstances, and while Longford rejoiced, the Waterford players retired to lick their wounds and to look forward to real life again.’
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