lick one's wounds


lick one's wounds
phrasal to recover from defeat or disappointment

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • lick one's wounds — phrasal : to tend one s injuries : recover from defeat those gray silent ships which carried the war to the enemy … while the fleet licked its wounds E.L.Beach * * * lick one s wounds To retire from a defeat, failure, etc, esp in order to try to… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lick one's wounds — idi lick one s wounds, to attempt to heal or sooth oneself after injury or defeat …   From formal English to slang

  • lick one's wounds —    When a person licks their wounds, they try to recover their confidence or spirits after a defeat, failure or disappointment.     Poor Harry is licking his wounds after being dropped from the team …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • lick one's wounds — verb to withdraw temporarily while recovering from a defeat ,Hes just off licking his wounds. Hell be back to try again …   Wiktionary

  • lick — /lɪk / (say lik) verb (t) 1. (sometimes followed by off, from, etc.) to pass the tongue over the surface of. 2. to affect by strokes of the tongue: to lick the plate clean. 3. to pass or play lightly over, as flames do. 4. Colloquial to overcome… …   Australian English dictionary

  • 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 — v. & n. v.tr. & intr. 1 tr. pass the tongue over, esp. to taste, moisten, or (of animals) clean. 2 tr. bring into a specified condition or position by licking (licked it all up; licked it clean). 3 a tr. (of a flame, waves, etc.) touch; play… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lick — [[t]lɪk[/t]] v. t. 1) phl 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[/ex] 2) to make, or cause to become, by stroking with the… …   From formal English to slang

  • lick the wounds — nurse one s wounds, care for one s injuries …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wound — wound1 woundedly, adv. woundingly, adv. /woohnd/; Older Use and Literary /wownd/, n. 1. an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather… …   Universalium


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