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English noun: licking

1. licking (event) an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest

SamplesIt 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

Antonymstriumph, victory

2. licking (act) the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows

Synonymsbeating, drubbing, lacing, thrashing, trouncing, whacking

Broader (hypernym)corporal punishment

Narrower (hyponym)flagellation, flagellation, flogging, lashing, tanning, whipping

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