Dryden Slang

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Lick

lick : An inelegant term used colloquially as a synonym for “effort”; as, “he put in his best licks.” Say, rather, “He put forth his best efforts.”

a blow; licking , a beating; “to put in big licks ,” a curious and common phrase, meaning that great exertions are being made.—Dryden North.
to excel, or overcome; “if you ain't sharp, he'll lick  you,” i.e., be finished first. Signifies, also, to whip, chastise, or conquer. Ancient cantlyckeWelshllachio , to strike.
To lick: To beat; also to wash, or to paint slightly over. I'll give you a good lick o' the chops; I'll give you a good stroke or blow on the face. Jack tumbled into a cow t--d, and nastied his best clothes, for which his father stept up, and licked him neatly.--I'll lick you! the dovetail to which is, If you lick me all over, you won't miss--.