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Chris -- 2018-04-11

#1 2014-03-30 15:47:45

From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2601

figure licking << finger licking

A picture that’s been circulating on the Internet:

“Figure licking” may be a standard with some folks. Many examples on the web. Among them:

Restaurant review post: “Was driving to San Antonio. Just happened to find this small place. It was Outstanding. Ribs were figure licking good. Brisket was the best I ever had. ”

Review of restaurant in Hyderabad: “ I have tried rest of their many dishes and they are figure licking.”

Yelp comment on restaurant: “The place has fantastic, delicious figure licking good mole.”

Not quite sure what the image is behind the reworked phrase. Perhaps it describes a food that is so good and fattening that it defeats all attempts to maintain one’s figure? Probably, however, just an acyrologia.1

1 Been waiting several weeks to drop this word into a post. Pardon my sciolism.

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