Licking - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlɪkɪŋ|  American pronunciation of the word licking
Brit.  |ˈlɪkɪŋ|  British pronunciation of the word licking
- this word is used as a present participle form of the verb 'to be'to lick
- an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest (syn: defeat)
they suffered a convincing licking
- the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows (syn: beating, drubbing, lacing, thrashing, whacking)

Examples

His father threatened to give him a licking if he didn't stop misbehaving.

...our team took a licking last night, but we'll get them next time...

We got a real licking in the final.

Flames were already licking the ceiling.

Flames were already licking at the ceiling.

...prefers postage stamps coated with adhesive so that she doesn't have to do any licking...

In Canada a child's tongue once froze to a lamp-post he was licking.

Flames were licking (at) the curtains.

Soon the flames were licking at the curtains.

Scottish rugby fans are licking their lips in anticipation.

Huge tongues of fire were licking the side of the building.

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