a lick and a promise

Definition of a lick and a promise

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

Word by Word Definitions

lick play
  1. : to draw the tongue over

  2. : to flicker over like a tongue

  3. : to take into the mouth with the tongue : lap

  1. : an act or instance of licking

  2. : a small amount : bit

  3. : a hasty careless effort

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

  2. : 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

  3. : reason to expect something

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

  2. : warrant, assure

  3. : betroth


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