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lick
British English: /lɪk/
American English: /lɪk/

Translation of lick in French:

noun

  • 1 (with tongue)
    coup (m) de langue
    to give something a lick
    lécher quelque chose
    give me a lick of your ice cream
    laisse-moi lécher ta glace un coup
  • 2 [figurative]a lick of paint
    un petit coup de peinture

transitive verb

  • 1
    (person, animal, flame, wave)
    lécher
    the cat was licking its paws
    le chat se léchait les pattes
    to lick something off the spoon
    lécher quelque chose sur la cuillère
    to lick something clean
    (animal)
    nettoyer quelque chose à coups de langue
    he licked his fingers clean
    il s'est léché les doigts
    to lick one's chops (informal) ou lips
    [literal]
    se lécher les babines
    [figurative] (at prospect) se délecter (at à)
    to lick somebody's boots (informal)/arse (slang)
    lécher les bottes (informal)/le cul (slang) de or à quelqu'un
  • 2
    [informal]
    (beat in game)
    (beat physically) corriger, battre (person)
    (overcome) venir à bout de (difficulty)
    to get licked (in game)
    se faire battre à plates coutures (informal), se faire écraser
    I think we've got the problem licked! (informal)

    je crois que nous avons réussi à venir à bout de ce problème
    this puzzle has got me licked!
    cette énigme me dépasse!

Idioms

[informal]
at a fair ou good lick

[dated]
[informal]
to give oneself a lick and a promise

to lick one's wounds

Phrasal verbs

lick up

lick up [something], lick [something] up
(person)
lécher
(cat, dog)
laper

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