a lick and a promise

a lick and a promise

INFORMAL
If you give something a lick and a promise, you clean it very quickly and not very well, but intend to do it more thoroughly later. There was only time in the morning for a lick and a promise. I just gave the kitchen floor a lick and a promise. Note: This expression is sometimes used for other tasks that are done quickly. Whatever they do now, if it's kind of a lick and a promise, then it's putting off the day they're going to have to deal with it.
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a lick and a promise

a hasty performance of a task, especially of cleaning something. informal
2001 Andrew O'Hare Green Eyes Trying to scrub my teeth was just as disastrous as before, washing the face was no more than a lick and a promise but it would have to do.
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a lick and a promise

n. a very casual treatment. A lick and a promise isn’t enough. Take some time and do it right.
See also: and, lick, promise