To lick up
Lick Lick (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi-laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei`chein, Skr. lih, rih. [root]121. Cf. {Lecher}, {Relish}.] 1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To lick the dust}, to be slain; to fall in battle. ``His enemies shall lick the dust.'' --Ps. lxxii. 9.

{To lick into shape}, to give proper form to; -- from a notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and subsequently formed by licking. --Hudibras.

{To lick the spittle of}, to fawn upon. --South.

{To lick up}, to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely. --Shak. --Num. xxii. 4. [1913 Webster]


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  • To lick into shape — Lick Lick (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei chein, Skr. lih, rih.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lick the dust — Lick Lick (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei chein, Skr. lih, rih.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lick the spittle of — Lick Lick (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei chein, Skr. lih, rih.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lick up — Verb. To fawn, to be obsequious. E.g. She licked up to the teacher and got a grade A in her English language test …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • lick up — verb To consume something by first licking it from a surface. Politeness demanded that I wait until Id swallowed his sperm and licked up all the slow, welling leakages before asking for information. You were great, he said as we curled together,… …   Wiktionary

  • lick — [lik] vt. [ME licken < OE liccian, akin to Ger lecken < IE base * leig̑h , to lick > Gr leichein, L ligurrire, to lick, lingere, to lick up] 1. to pass the tongue over [to lick one s lips] 2. to bring into a certain condition by passing… …   English World dictionary

  • Lick — (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei chein, Skr. lih, rih. [root]121. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lick — licker, n. /lik/, v.t. 1. to pass the tongue over the surface of, as to moisten, taste, or eat (often fol. by up, off, from, etc.): to lick a postage stamp; to lick an ice cream cone. 2. to make, or cause to become, by stroking with the tongue:… …   Universalium

  • Lick It Up (disambiguation) — Lick It Up may refer to: * Lick It Up , a 1983 album by the American hard rock/heavy metal band KISS ** Lick It Up (song), a track on this album * Lick It Up , a song by Deep Purple from their 1993 album The Battle Rages On * Lick It Up , a song… …   Wikipedia

  • Lick — Lick, n. [See {Lick}, v.] 1. A stroke of the tongue in licking. A lick at the honey pot. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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