English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to pass the tongue over in order to taste, wet, or clean
The dog licked the man's hand excitedly.
Synonyms
,
lap
The kitten lapped milk from a dish.
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touch
Their knees were touching.
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wash
The sea washed against the shore.
,
brush
Have you brushed your teeth?
(verb) 
Definition
to defeat
(informal)  He might be able to lick us all in a fair fight.
Synonyms
beat
He was easily beaten into third place.
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defeat
His troops defeated the opposing army.
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overcome
the satisfaction of overcoming a rival
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top
How are you ever going to top that?
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stuff (slang)
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tank (slang)
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rout
The Norman army routed the English opposition.
,
excel
Few dancers have excelled her in virtuosity.
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surpass
He was determined to surpass the achievements of his older brothers.
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outstrip
In pursuing her ambition she outstripped everyone else.
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outdo
Both sides have tried to outdo each other.
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trounce
Australia trounced France by sixty points to four.
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clobber (slang)
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vanquish
a happy ending in which the hero vanquishes the monsters
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run rings around (informal)
,
wipe the floor with (informal)
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blow out of the water (slang)
(verb) 
Definition
to flicker over or round (something)
The fire sent its red tongues licking into the hallway.
Synonyms
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flick
She flicked a speck of fluff from her sleeve.
, , ,
ignite
I ignited a fire as it was getting cold in the cottage.
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play over
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kindle
I came in and kindled a fire in the stove.
(verb) 
Definition
to thrash
(informal) 
Synonyms
thrash
He was thrashed with a cane until his skin turned red.
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beat
He lost the boxing match and was badly beaten by his opponent.
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strike
She took two steps forward and struck him across the mouth.
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slap
My yoga instructor turned up and slapped me on the shoulder.
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flog
He never flogs his horse no matter how slowly she goes.
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clobber (slang)
She clobbered him with a vase.
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wallop (informal)
She walloped me over the head with a cushion.
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lambast(e)
(noun) 
Definition
a small amount
It could do with a lick of paint to brighten up its premises.
Synonyms
dab
a dab of glue
,
little (bit)
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touch
Even a light touch on the face can trigger this pain.
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taste
He took another small taste.
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(noun) 
Definition
a fast pace
(informal)  an athletic cyclist travelling at a fair lick
Synonyms
pace
driving at a steady pace
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rate
The rate at which hair grows can be agonisingly slow.
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speed
He drove off at high speed.
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clip (informal)
They trotted along at a brisk clip.

Additional synonyms

in the sense of best
Definition
to defeat
Synonyms
stuff (slang),
tank (slang),
lick (informal),
triumph over,
get the better of,
run rings around (informal),
wipe the floor with (informal),
blow out of the water (slang),
put in the shade (informal)
in the sense of brush
Definition
to clean, scrub, or paint with a brush
Have you brushed your teeth?
Synonyms
in the sense of clip
Definition
speed
They trotted along at a brisk clip.
Synonyms
lick (informal),

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