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Pronunciation of Lick: Learn how to pronounce Lick in English correctly

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Oxford dictionary definition of the word lick:

[with object]
1pass the tongue over (something) in order to taste, moisten, or clean it:
he licked the stamp and stuck it on the envelope
[no object, with adverbial of direction] (of a flame, wave, or breeze) move lightly and quickly like a tongue:
the flames licked around the wood
2 informal overcome (a person or problem) decisively:
all right Mary, I know when I’m licked
the Chancellor said that the government had inflation licked
beat or thrash (someone):
she stands tall and could lick any man in the place
(lick someone/thing down) West Indian cut or knock someone or something down:
the boy was quiet, but if you cross he path, he lick you down
1an act of licking something with the tongue:
Sammy gave his fingers a lick
a quick movement of flame, water, etc.:
a tiny lick of flame flickered round the mouth of the flame-thrower
2 informal a light coating or quick application of something, especially paint:
she needed to give the kitchen a lick of paint
[in singular, usually with negative] US an extremely small amount of something abstract:
there’s not a lick of suspense in the entire plot
3 informal a short phrase or solo in jazz or popular music:
cool guitar licks
4 informal a smart blow:
his mother gave him several licks for daring to blaspheme

at a lick
informal at a fast pace:
the hearse was going at a fair lick for that normally sedate vehicle
a lick and a promise
informal an act of cleaning or washing something in a hasty manner:
she would give a lick and a promise to her parlour, and sit down to await the American gentleman
lick someone’s boots (or vulgar slang arse)
be excessively obsequious towards someone.
lick someone/thing into shape
see shape.
lick one’s lips (or chops)
look forward to something with eager anticipation:
I’m not a policeman, so don’t start licking your lips over the idea of a police brutality charge
lick one’s wounds
retire to recover one’s strength or confidence after a humiliating experience:
the party was licking its wounds after electoral defeat
not be able to do something a lick
US informal be totally incompetent at the specified activity:
I couldn’t sing a lick


Old English liccian, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch likken and German lecken, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leikhein and Latin lingere