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.
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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
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That's before the employee does a lick of work How can manufacturers compete with that?
most of America's top earners have investments, often inherited, which bring them income without a lick of work.
His 30-something son David (Hugh O'Conor) has never done a lick of work in his life, but is perennially concocting schemes for charging off to some faraway country he knows nothing about.
These are the people facing taxation -- on a hefty chunk of income they will receive without necessarily having done a lick of work.
Why should people who never do a lick of work get a raise?