English noun: licking
|1.||licking (event) an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest|
|Samples||It was a narrow defeat.|
The army's only defeat.
They suffered a convincing licking.
|Broader (hypernym)||conclusion, ending, failure, finish|
|Narrower (hyponym)||debacle, drubbing, heartbreaker, lurch, rout, shutout, skunk, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, waterloo, whipping, whitewash|
|2.||licking (act) the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows|
|Synonyms||beating, drubbing, lacing, thrashing, trouncing, whacking|
|Broader (hypernym)||corporal punishment|
|Narrower (hyponym)||flagellation, flagellation, flogging, lashing, tanning, whipping|