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    An idiom

    I have seen the idiom 'lick and promise'.Could someone tell me how to use it in a sentence?

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    A superficial effort made without care or enthusiasm. For example, I haven't time to do a good job of vacuuming, just enough for a lick and a promise. This expression is believed to allude to the quick lick a cat or other animal might give itself and a promise to do more or better at some future time.

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    Re: An idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    A superficial effort made without care or enthusiasm. For example, I haven't time to do a good job of vacuuming, just enough for a lick and a promise. This expression is believed to allude to the quick lick a cat or other animal might give itself and a promise to do more or better at some future time.

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    Thanks.How to use this in a sentence?
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    Re: An idiom

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    I have seen the idiom 'lick and promise'.Could someone tell me how to use it in a sentence?
    It is 'a lick and a promise' .

    "Yes.I did some cleaning.Gave the bookshelves a lick and a promise.When you say that you mean you did it hurriedly.You didn't do a good job of it."
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    Re: An idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    It is 'a lick and a promise' .

    "Yes.I did some cleaning.Gave the bookshelves a lick and a promise.When you say that you mean you did it hurriedly.You didn't do a good job of it."
    Source :The Hindu.
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    You know, it is a very cool idiom; I've just never heard it before.

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    Re: An idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    You know, it is a very cool idiom; I've just never heard it before.
    A lick and a promise.
    www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-lick-and-a -promise.html
    www.phrases.org.uk/meanings

    www.answers.com/topic/a-lick-a-promise
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    Re: An idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    Ah, I see. It's British English. Thanks.

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    Re: An idiom

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    Thanks.How to use this in a sentence?
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    I haven't time to do a good job of vacuuming, just enough for a lick and a promise.

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