licking

Definitions of licking
  1. noun
    the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    synonyms: beating, drubbing, lacing, thrashing, trouncing, whacking
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    flagellation, flogging, lashing, tanning, whipping
    beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
    flagellation
    beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation
    self-flagellation
    self-punishment inflicted by whipping
    horsewhipping
    the act of whipping with a horsewhip
    type of:
    corporal punishment
    the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
  2. noun
    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
    “they suffered a convincing licking
    synonyms: defeat
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    Antonyms:
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
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    heartbreaker
    a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute
    lurch
    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
    rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    shutout, skunk
    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
    debacle, drubbing, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping
    a sound defeat
    waterloo
    a final crushing defeat
    whitewash
    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
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    conclusion, ending, finish
    event whose occurrence ends something
    failure
    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
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