take one's licks

Definition of take one's licks

  1. :  to be subjected to harsh criticism The movie has taken its licks from the reviewers.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

lickplay licks
  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

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a trip made at another's expense

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