Definition of lick one's wounds in English:
Retire to recover one’s strength or confidence after a humiliating experience: the party was licking its wounds after electoral defeat
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- The objectors retreated to their homes, licking their wounds and gathering their strength for a fight against two other wind farms.
- Rarely can a Cup Final have ended in such dramatic circumstances, and while Longford rejoiced, the Waterford players retired to lick their wounds and to look forward to real life again.
- Devastated at being let down by her own body, she has been licking her wounds, taking stock, trying to recover the self-belief that propelled her to victory in the Olympics, the European Championships and two Commonwealth Games.
Definition of lick one's wounds in:
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