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
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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.
The whole process was really funny to me, because there was not a lick of work as far as what had been seen or planned, but there had been a lot of discussion with philosophers and geologists,'' Lang recalls.
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?