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take a licking and keep on ticking

To continue to function, endure, or persevere despite suffering injuries, damage, setbacks, losses, failures, etc. Taken from an advertisement for Timex wrist-watches: "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking." When you're younger, your body can take a licking and keep on ticking, so it's easy to fall into a false sense of invulnerability. This old truck of mine has taken quite a licking over the years, and it just keeps on ticking.
See also: and, keep, licking, on, take, ticking

take a licking but keep on ticking

To continue to function, endure, or persevere despite suffering injuries, damage, setbacks, losses, failures, etc. Taken from an advertisement for Timex wrist-watches: "It takes a Licking and keeps on ticking." When you're younger, your body can take a licking but keep on ticking, so it's easy to fall into a false sense of invulnerability. This old truck of mine has taken quite a licking over the years, but it just keeps on ticking.
See also: but, keep, licking, on, take, ticking

lick (one's) lips

To be eager and/or show signs of excitement before or during doing something that one enjoys or that is or will be beneficial to one. A reference to literally licking one's lips in anticipation of eating something delicious. All of the scouts are really licking their lips to get Jones on their roster. You should have seen John at the car show—he was practically licking his lips.
See also: lick, lip

lick (one's) chops

To show one's impatience or excitement to do something. That roast smells so good—I'm just about licking my chops in here! My detractors were practically licking their chops when they heard that my proposal had failed.
See also: chops, lick

lick (one's) wounds

To withdraw after a misstep or defeat, in order to recover. I think the senator will be licking his wounds for awhile after that disastrous debate performance.
See also: lick, wound

be licking (one's) lips

To be eager and/or show signs of excitement before or during something that one enjoys or that is or will be beneficial to one. A reference to literally licking one's lips in anticipation of eating something delicious. All of the scouts are really licking their lips to get Jones on their roster. You should have seen John at the car show—he was practically licking his lips.
See also: licking, lip

*licking

a spanking; a beating in a fight. (*Typically: get ~; take ~; give someone ~.) Billy, you had better get in here if you don't want to get a licking. Bob took a real licking in the stock market. Tom gave Harry a licking in the fight he was in.

be licking your lips

If someone is looking forward eagerly to a future event, you can say that they are licking their lips. Peter says the Government may collapse. You can almost see him licking his lips. Billy is licking his lips about putting me through his training sessions. Note: You can also say that someone is licking their chops. After hearing the president's plan for economic recovery, they were licking their chops.
See also: licking, lip

ass-kissing

and ass-licking
1. n. the act of fawning over and flattering people. (Rude and derogatory.) After his show of ass-kissing, Fred thought the judge would let him off with a light fine.
2. n. pertaining to the act of fawning over and flattering people. (Rude and derogatory.) Shut your ass-licking mouth and start talking straight, or I’m gonna bust you one. Get your ass-kissing butt out of here!

ass-licking

verb
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In addition, the veterinarian will ask about diet, medications or supplements, your observations about his licking behavior, daily routine, changes you may have noticed, a description of your home environment, new detergents or cleaning products and the other pets in the home perhaps showing similar signs.
An Elizabethan collar (E-collar) is a protective medical device worn by an animal, to prevent the animal from biting, scratching or licking its body hence allowing wounds or injuries to heal.
If the licking and chewing is due to significant generalized anxiety, or the behavior has become a compulsive disorder, talk with a veterinary behaviorist or a vet with a special interest in behavior about anti-anxiety medication to improve your dog's quality of life and decrease the compulsive licking and chewing.
He said: "As soon as the gritter goes past they converge on the road licking off the grit.
graduate who attends San Diego State, halted a Licking County rally in the bottom of the seventh by striking out Ryan Nutter for the final out.
Southwest Licking has 3,000 students and five buildings.
The dog can also be stopped from licking the area with an Elizabethan collar, a sock or bandage, to try and break the itch-lick cycle.
ICA spokesman Mark Gossage said: "We hope this will maximise licking and minimise dripping.
Prolonged licking all over the affected area had stimulated nerves and ensured that oxygen reached the leg
Reed remains a dean of students, science teacher and head football coach at the high school after being disciplined last year for licking the bleeding knee of an athlete.
The most important treatment is for the child stop licking her lips.
The final clincher must surely be the thought of what the dog has been licking before he licks your son.
But it was his satirical claim that he tried to infect 2000 Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer with the flu--by secretly licking doorknobs, staplers, and other assorted supplies in the candidate's office--that put him on the national radar.
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