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Parf of speech: Noun, OED Year: 1756, OED Evaluation: N/A

A beating, thrashing. lit. and fig.

And the one boy crying and saying, "I'd rather take a licking."
A beating, thrashing.
Interviewer: Can you ah- can you remember a specific story where ah you were disciplined by your parents? Speaker: Disciplined? Interviewer: Yes. Speaker: Oh yes. (laughs) Many a time. Yeah. Um- I'd get lickings.
Physical discipline
And if he went home, they'd phone his dad and mother. He got another licking for not behaving at school.
Physical discipline