One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the spaniel leapt to lick his face’
tongue, wet, moisten, wash, clean
taste, lap, slurp
2‘she sat looking into the flames licking round the coal’
flicker, play, flick, flit, dart, ripple, dance
3‘they licked the home side 3-0’
4‘the Prime Minister claimed that the government had inflation licked’
1‘the building itself had changed little, apart from a lick of paint here and there’
dab, bit, drop, dash, spot, touch, hint, dribble, splash, sprinkle, trickle
informal smidgen, tad
2‘you came up that last bit at a fair lick’
speed, rate, pace, tempo, velocity, momentum
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