Lick and a Promise

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Lick and a Promise

A slang term for poor preparation, especially for something important. For example, if an entrepreneur goes to a meeting with a potential investor without writing down the business plan, he may be said to be going to the meeting with nothing but lick and a promise.
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They had marched beyond the Blue Licks to a remarkable bend of the main fork of Licking River, about forty-three miles from Lexington, as it is particularly represented in the map, where we overtook them on the nineteenth day.
and isn’t her hair as black and glistening as rigging that has just had a lick of tar?
As the flames ate their way into the living-room, reaching out forked tongues to lick up the bodies of the dead, one of that gruesome company whose bloody welterings had long since been stilled, moved again.
You licked Cheese-Face, and you'll lick the editors if it takes twice eleven years to do it in.
Ah, we blokies kin lick deh hull damn Row," said a child, swaggering.
But Nelson pulled his bandaged hand, bullet-perforated, out of its sling, and, held by us, wept and roared his Berserker belief that he could lick Soup Kennedy one-handed.
I won't say he'll lick Ward, but he'll put up such a show that you'll all know he's a comer.
half a man, and I'll lick thee as well as wast ever licked in thy life.
I say, you two," said Diggs, from the end of the hall, rousing up and resting himself on his elbow--"you'll never get rid of that fellow till you lick him.
I'd a great mind to lick him for his impudence; but, after all, one has no right to be laying traps, so I didn't.
I am like a dog who crawls back and licks the master's hand that has beaten him.
It may be that he misses in his mistress, something that enlivened him and made him younger; but he mopes, and his sight is weak, and his limbs are feeble, and my aunt is sorry that he objects to her no more, but creeps near her as he lies on Dora's bed - she sitting at the bedside - and mildly licks her hand.