Lick And A Promise Meaning
(idiomatic) The hasty or incomplete performance of a task.
Example: 1955, Max Shulman, â€ŽRobert Paul Smith, The Tender Trap: A Comedy, page 14:
Now this is not the way to get a house in order. What this place needs is a real thorough old-fashioned cleaning. A lick and a promise won't do, no, sir!
2000, Mary Higgins Clark, While My Pretty One Sleeps:
The snowplows had made what Myles would call a lick-and-a-promise attempt to partially clear the accumulated snow from West End Avenue.
2014 May 22, â€œEDITORIAL: India's Modi wins voter mandate for economic growthâ€, Washington Times:
Rising out of poverty will require not a lick and a promise but deep reform.