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Noun licking has 2 senses
  1. defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending
    --1 is a kind of ending, conclusion, finish; failure
    --1 has particulars:
     rout; lurch; shutout, skunk; thrashing, walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping; Waterloo; whitewash
  2. beating, thrashing, licking, drubbing, lacing, trouncing, whacking - the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    --2 is a kind of corporal punishment
    --2 has particulars: whipping, tanning, flogging, lashing, flagellation
Verb lick has 4 senses
  1. bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick - beat thoroughly in a competition or fight; "We licked the other team on Sunday!"
    --1 is one way to beat, beat out, crush, shell, trounce, vanquish
    Sample sentence:
    The fighter managed to lick his opponent
  2. lick, lap - pass the tongue over; "the dog licked her hand"
    --2 is one way to stroke, fondle
    Derived form: noun lick2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Somebody ----s somebody
  3. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work - find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of; "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"
    --3 is one way to understand
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
  4. lap, lap up, lick - take up with the tongue; "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"
    --4 is one way to drink, imbibe
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s something
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