Definition of licking in English:



  • A heavy defeat or beating.

    ‘when his father found him, Ray got the worst licking of his life’
    ‘Arsenal can take a licking as well as any other club’
    • ‘‘Whoever did this to you got a good licking on you,’ The doctor had commented as he took the needle in and out of David's face.’
    • ‘And if the gossip she heard was true, they were busy fighting for their own survival, though they were giving the Germans a hell of a licking.’
    • ‘But in both cases, the economic recoveries then in progress were robust enough to take the licking and keep on ticking.’
    • ‘The team were on the receiving end of a couple of lickings last week.’
    • ‘Well, Tony Danza is taking a licking, but he keeps on ticking.’
    • ‘But Clara knew Zeke would much rather take a licking from Isaiah than have to deal with Beth Ann who could find ways to make the punishment last a lot longer.’
    • ‘And now people are looking to see if he can take a licking and keep on ticking.’
    • ‘What we're watching is the ID contestant taking a sound licking.’
    • ‘The thing is, he knew that I knew I deserved those lickings.’
    • ‘On top of that my big brother, Jake, hit a baseball through the porch window and made me take the blame, so I ended up with a licking from Dad.’
    • ‘A licking from his father was certainly no joke.’
    • ‘Every notable conservative takes a licking, as do a few liberals.’
    • ‘Then one day in the middle of summer, we were giving them an awful licking.’
    • ‘The target plates and the horizontal protective baffle seen at the front of the frame are tough and can really take a licking.’
    • ‘But the Buffalo takes a licking and keeps on ticking.’
    • ‘They gave me about three years based on the pathology report of the liver biopsy, and I take a licking but I keep on ticking.’
    • ‘I don't know how many times I've had conversations with friends where we joked and laughed about the lickings we got from our parents, and sometimes our teachers.’
    • ‘And in the bargain her self-esteem has taken a licking.’
    • ‘Still, he is a gutsy little guy who keeps ticking after he takes a licking.’
    • ‘But even if some investors take a licking, the lure of higher yields will draw others.’
    defeat, loss, beating, trouncing, thrashing, drubbing
    thrashing, beating, flogging, whipping, slapping, spanking, thumping
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