a lick and a promise

Definition of a lick and a promise

  1. 1 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.

  2. 2 British :  the act of washing something quickly or carelessly He gave the car a lick and a promise.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to draw the tongue over

    :  to flicker over like a tongue

    :  to take into the mouth with the tongue :  lap

  1. :  an act or instance of licking

    :  a small amount :  bit

    :  a hasty careless effort

  1. :  a declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something specified

    :  a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act

    :  reason to expect something

  1. :  to pledge to do, bring about, or provide

    :  warrant, assure

    :  betroth

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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