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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.


Synonymsdefeat


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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