a lick of work

a lick of work

A very small or minimal amount of work. Your assignment is due this Friday, and you haven't done a lick of work yet! It seems like a lick of work always takes John the whole day.
See also: lick, of, work

lick of work

a bit of work. (Used with a negative.) I couldn't get her to do a lick of work all day long! The boys didn't do a lick of work while you were away.
See also: lick, of, work