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get a licking

1. To suffer a beating. You're going to get a licking from Dad if you keep sneaking out at night. Todd got a licking from the captain of the football team after flirting with his girlfriend again.
2. To suffer setbacks, losses, or failures. My portfolio sure got a licking when the stock market crashed. I suspect they're going to get a licking if they try to open a business in this recession.
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