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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lick the Dust (To).
 
To fall in battle.   1
        “His enemies shall lick the dust.”—Psalm lxxii. 9.
 


 Lick into Shape (To).Licks the Butter. 

 
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