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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:31 am
Where did the phrase "a lick and a promise" meaning a careless, inattentive work performance, come from?
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:40 am
@Tomkitten,

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This is colloquial English and is first recorded in print in Walter White's All round the Wrekin, 1860:

"We only gives the cheap ones a lick and a promise."
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/a-lick-and-a-promise.html
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:40 am
@Tomkitten,
A lick and a promise
Meaning

A cursory effort, for instance at painting or tidying up. It alludes to the perfunctory washing performed by children.

Origin
This is colloquial English and is first recorded in print in Walter White's All round the Wrekin, 1860:

"We only gives the cheap ones a lick and a promise."
djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:41 am
from a UK website
A Lick And A Promise

Meaning
A cursory effort, for instance at painting or tidying up. It alludes to the perfunctory washing performed by children.

Origin
This is colloquial English and is first recorded in print in Walter White's All round the Wrekin, 1860:
"We only gives the cheap ones a lick and a promise."
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:42 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Smile
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:42 am
@djjd62,
Mr. Green
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djjd62
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 11:43 am
thank god for google Wink
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Wed 17 Dec, 2008 04:15 pm
A bit of back to the future trivia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Sun

Silver Sun is an English band of the power pop genre.

Excerpt:

Quote:
Their fourth album, Dad's Weird Dream, was released in Japan on 11 September 2006. However, the decision was taken to remix it for the UK edition, where it was released on 4 December 2006. One track, "Fallen" was remixed by Nigel Godrich, working with the band for the first time since their debut, currently available as an itunes exclusive EP. Unlike its predecessor, the entire original line-up has participated in the recording, though Richard Sayce is only credited with backing vocals, as the band used programmed drums for the album. James Broad has stated that the next album (which is expected to be titled "A Lick And A Promise" and is due in 2008) will be the four members playing live in a studio.[/[/u]quote]
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