a lick and a promise


US : a quick and careless attempt to do something
They gave the budget problems a lick and a promise and then moved on to the next issue.
British : the act of washing something quickly or carelessly
He gave the car a lick and a promise.

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“A lick and a promise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20lick%20and%20a%20promise. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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