take one's licks

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take one's licks

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : to seize or capture physically

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

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

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

lick play licks
  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


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