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licked (comparative more licked, superlative most licked)

  1. Having been the target of a lick; touched by a tongue.
    • 2018 March 12, Ligaya Mishan, “Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream”, in The New York Times[1], New York, N.Y.: The New York Times Company, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2023-05-24:
      But the mineral-rich blood is what gives the stew its ballast and faintly metallic hint of a licked knife.
    • 2021 December 29, Rachel Gutman-Wei, “A Very Radical, Very Delicious Take on Risk Management”, in The Atlantic[2], Washington, D.C.: The Atlantic Monthly Group, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2022-12-05:
      The CDC estimates that one in six Americans gets a foodborne disease every year. And you know what? I'm probably two or three of them. I can't remember a time in my life before I licked the beaters clean. Tempting a stomachache for the sweet, gritty satisfaction of a licked beater has always been a game of roulette that I'm willing to play.
  2. (slang) Utterly beaten.
    • 2021 April 26, Andrew Sparrow, quoting Boris Johnson, “UK Covid: Boris Johnson ’corrupting standards of public life’, says Labour’s Rachel Reeves – as it happened”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian[3], London: Guardian News & Media, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2022-12-30:
      The numbers of deaths, the number of hospitalisations, are currently very low. That doesn't mean that we have got it totally licked, it doesn't mean that Covid is over.

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  1. simple past and past participle of lick