Green’s Dictionary of Slang

lick v.1

[SE lick, a blow; esp. in W.I. combs. e.g. lick up, stir up; lick down, knock or fling to the ground; lick ’way, strike or cut off (as in a tree branch)]

1. [mid-16C+] to beat, to thrash; thus lick out of, to change someone’s character/beliefs/actions by a threat of violence, to ‘knock it out of’ someone.

2. [19C+] to defeat, to overcome, to be victorious.

3. [mid-19C+] (US) to move fast; also as lick it.

4. [1990s+] to shoot.

5. [2010s] (UK black) in fig. use of sense 1, to effect emotionally.

In compounds

lick-up (adj.)

[2000s] (UK black) overcome by drink or drugs.

In phrases

lick about (v.) (also lick around)

[20C+] (W.I.) to live an unsettled life.

lick-a-shot (adj.)

[2000s] aggressive, menacing.

lick a shot (v.)

[1990s+] (orig. W.I.) to shoot at.

lick creation (v.)

[late 19C–1900s] (US) to be really amazing, to be beyond the bounds of possibility.

lick into fits (v.)

[mid-19C–1910s] to beat comprehensively.

lick shot (v.) [1980s+] (W.I./UK black teen)

1. to fire a shot from a real or imaginary gun to signal appreciation of music or an event.

2. to fire a gun; also attrib.

lick someone’s jacket (v.)

see under jacket n.

lick the socks off (v.)

[late 19C+] (US) to beat comprehensively.

sweet-lick (v.)

[1980s] (UK black) to apply deodorant.

In exclamations

licks me!

[mid-19C+] a general excl. of incomprehension.