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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

lick (something) up

To clean, eat, or drink a substance by licking with the tongue. Usually said of an animal. The dog came over and licked up the spilled pasta sauce. Don't lick that up off the table—you're not a cat, for crying out loud!
See also: lick, up

ass-kissing

1. noun, rude slang Habitual flattery. Enough with the ass-kissing—just tell me what you really think.
2. adjective, rude slang Describing the act of habitual flattery. Geez, look at all the ass-kissing messages on the boss's birthday card.

ass-licking

1. noun, rude slang Abject subservience, flattery, or fawning, especially as a means of seeking attention, support, or approval. Enough with the ass-licking—just tell me what you really think. I know you're not doing well in math this year, but ass-licking isn't going to magically get you a good grade!
2. adjective, vulgar slang Displaying or indicating such abject subservience, flattery, or fawning. He surrounds himself with ass-licking cronies to make himself feel important. Look at all the ass-licking messages on the boss's birthday card.

lick at (something)

1. To lick something intensely and repeatedly. The dog just kept licking at my fingers No matter how much I lick at this suction cup, I can't get it to stick on the window.
2. Of flame, to touch or pass over something very rapidly. The flames were licking at our heels as we climbed the ladder. The fire had just begun licking at the trees when the rain began and quenched the flame.
See also: lick

lick off

1. To remove something by lapping it up with one's tongue. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lick" and "off." The animal licked the dirt and blood off its young. We sat licking ice cream off our hands in the hot summer sun.
2. vulgar slang To bring a woman to orgasm by performing cunnilingus. A noun or pronoun can be used between "lick" and "off."
See also: lick, off

lick something off (of) something

 and lick something off
to remove something from something by licking with the tongue. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) The dog licked the grease off of the floor where the meat had dropped. The dog licked off the grease.
See also: lick, off

*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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lick*ing noun <When Mom finds out, you're going to get a licking.>
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Baskin-Robbins notes that licking is preferred to biting "because biting could make the scoop off-balance and case toppling." The company is offering advice to contestants, such as licking evenly around the cone to maintain its shape, eating the cone evenly when the ice cream above it has been licked away so that the ice cream inside is exposed evenly.