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 Lichten.Lick into Shape (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lick,
 
as I licked him. I flogged or beat him. (Welsh, llach, a slap, verb llachian; Anglo - Saxon, slic-an, to strike, or slick.)   1
 


 Lichten.Lick into Shape (To). 

 
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