a lick and a promise

informal
1) British an occasion when you wash something very quickly and not very carefully
2) American an occasion when you do something quickly and not very carefully

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  • lick and a promise — {n. phr.}, {informal} A careless, hasty job; an unsatisfactory piece of work. * /You didn t wash your hands. You just gave them a lick and a promise./ * /The boys didn t cut the grass properly. All it got was a lick and a promise./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lick and a promise — {n. phr.}, {informal} A careless, hasty job; an unsatisfactory piece of work. * /You didn t wash your hands. You just gave them a lick and a promise./ * /The boys didn t cut the grass properly. All it got was a lick and a promise./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lick\ and\ a\ promise — n. phr. informal A careless, hasty job; an unsatisfactory piece of work. You didn t wash your hands. You just gave them a lick and a promise. The boys didn t cut the grass properly. All it got was a lick and a promise …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lick and a promise — phrasal : a perfunctory performance of a task gives his job little more than a lick and a promise Jack Iams breakfast over, I gave the house a lick and a promise Kathleen Thomas …   Useful english dictionary

  • lick and a promise — See a lick and a promise …   English idioms

  • lick and a promise — Mawdesley Glossary a scamped and hurried wash …   English dialects glossary

  • lick and a promise — phrasal a perfunctory performance of a task …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • a lick and a promise — A perfunctory wash • • • Main Entry: ↑lick * * * informal a hasty performance of a task, esp. of cleaning something * * * a lick and a promise 1 US : a quick and careless attempt to do something They gave the budget problems a lick and a promise …   Useful english dictionary

  • a lick and a promise — If you give something a lick and a promise, you do it hurriedly, most often incompletely, intending to return to it later …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • a lick and a promise — ► a lick and a promise informal a hasty wash. Main Entry: ↑lick …   English terms dictionary

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