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Definition 1: the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for licking in the sense of this definition

(licking is a kind of ...) the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime

(... is a kind of licking ) beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment

(... is a kind of licking ) beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation

Definition 2: an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest - [noun denoting event]

Samples where licking or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was a narrow defeat
  • the army's only defeat
  • they suffered a convincing licking

Synonyms for licking in the sense of this definition

(licking is a kind of ...) event whose occurrence ends something

"his death marked the ending of an era" "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"

(licking is a kind of ...) an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose

"the surprise party was a complete failure"

(... is a kind of licking ) a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute

(... is a kind of licking ) a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)

(... is a kind of licking ) an overwhelming defeat

(... is a kind of licking ) a defeat in a game where one side fails to score

(... is a kind of licking ) a sound defeat

(... is a kind of licking ) a final crushing defeat

"he met his waterloo"

(... is a kind of licking ) a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score

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