give (something) a lick and a promise(redirected from given a lick and a promise)
give (something) a lick and a promise
1. To clean something hurriedly and carelessly. Just give those shelves a lick and a promise because Grandma will be here any minute!
2. To do something hurriedly and carelessly in order to get it done quickly and perhaps before a certain deadline. I told the interns to just give that mailing a lick and a promise because we were supposed to get it out weeks ago.
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