Hit a Lick is a slang expression used when one acquires a large amount of money, either by doing some sort of illegal activity (i.e.: Robbing a bank) or by gambling or stocking.
The meaning of the expression is associated with getting a taste of something in an instant, by a lick, for example a lollypop or an ice cream.
While the phrase was initially used for robbing, or hitting someone with a large amount of money, like a drug plug, or a liquor store, its meaning started to turn toward making a fortune through minimal effort, as it is with lottery and the stock market.
The expression is heavily referenced in rap songs, from Yo Gotti’s “Cold Blood” to YG’s “Thank God” to the latest song associated with the phrase; the collaboration of 2Chainz, Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell Williams; Momma I Hit a Lick.
These songs are somewhat always pointing at the ancient wisdom of easy come and easy go though.
- Urban Dictionary – Hit the lick