Sayings from Appalachia

Appalachian Dialect Sayings from Appalachia

A Lick and a Promise

lick and a promise noun phrase Esp with reference to a household chore: a hasty job, one done in a slipshod or superficial manner.1943 Justus Bluebird 18 They’ve had no more than a lick-and-a promise with a broom for quite a spell. 1966 DARE give something a lick and a promise = to do a job without proper time or care (Spruce Pine NC). 1976 Garber Mountain-ese 53 You didn’t half sweep the floor; you gave it a lick and…

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