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What is another word for licking?

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Noun
A heavy defeat or beating
“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.”
Noun
An aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
“If Dad came home and found us, we could expect a licking.”
Noun
A sudden and ignominious failure
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Adjective
Lambent or flickering
Verb
Being victorious, typically as revenge for a previous defeat
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“I hope that the brevity of this war does not convince us that we can lick anybody on the block.”
Verb
Present participle for to stroke or touch with one's tongue
“She'd lick the soup plate clean of everything except the peas and carrots, which she left in separate neat piles on either side of the dish.”
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Present participle for to flicker or ripple over something
“Hap had left some sticks of wood near the fire. I added them to the coals. I sat and watched the fire lick along them.”
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Present participle for to burn by coming or bringing into contact with flames or fire
“When he returned, he saw the flames begin to lick the side of the car where his entrance was.”
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Present participle for to overcome (a problem, person or challenge) decisively
“Well, I'm sure with counseling and stuff, you're going to lick this.”
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Present participle for to strike or hit repeatedly
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“My intentions toward that lady are honorable, and I'll lick any man who says that isn't so!”
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Present participle for to make less powerful or intense, thereby easier to control
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Present participle for to thoroughly and decisively defeat someone, either in a physical fight or, figuratively, in a competition
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Present participle for to make moist or moister
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Present participle for to find an answer or solution to a problem or question
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Present participle for to frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
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Present participle for to sample the flavor of something orally
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