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    Hi Teacher!

    Can you please simplify the definition of this idiom and provide examples - like using it in a sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: What is the idom 'calf lick'?

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    Hi Teacher!

    Can you please simplify the definition of this idiom and provide examples - like using it in a sentence?

    Thanks in advance.
    I think you mean "cow lick". This is the bit of hair usually on the back of a male's head that refuses to comb down and sticks up into the air.

    I don't think it is an idiom unless you can provide me with a sample sentence. Rather it is a description of a person's haircut.

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    Default Re: What is the idom 'calf lick'?

    Hi,

    The definitions for calf lick and cowlick are only for your information in order to avoid every misunderstanding.

    A calf lick is the weird parting in your fringe where your hair grow, in a different direction, usually to one side.

    fringe = A border of hair that is cut short and hangs across the forehead

    A cowlick is a projection tuft of hair on the head (behind) that grows in a different direction from the rest of the hair and will not lie flat.

    I know suchlike expression as a idiom: "You're going to have to lick your calf over again"
    Its meaning is :" You're going to have to do a task over."

    This is common saying on West Virginian and a part of Alabama. It is commonly used by small businessmen to mean having to go back on a job again. A warranty. Usually it is just said "I'll have to lick my calf on this one". I have always assumed that it meant a disagreeable task required by honor or duty. A cow licking its calf after giving birth.

    I've heard also the expression used in the dairy industry. Once a cow birth a calf, she licks it to stimulate its breathing, and to remove birth membranes, as do many others animals.

    I have no written documents for this interpretation, but the implication that my ear hears is that if one doesn't do a good job the first time, and wants the project to succeed, one has to "lick your calf a second time."

    Regards.

    V.
    Last edited by vil; 14-Nov-2007 at 14:00.

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    Default Re: What is the idom 'calf lick'?

    Hey All:

    Thanks for your prompt responses. Really appreciate your help.

    Thx
    E.

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