Posted by Bob on August 18, 2005
In Reply to: "Window-lickingly" posted by nasta on August 18, 2005
: what could mean the adverb "window-lickingly" Does it derive from any idiom?
In English, we use the term "window shopping" to describe the act of gazing at merchandise in shop windows without actually buying. A form of ambulatory wishful thinking. The French use the more colorful term "window licking." I would speculate that the author used "window-lickingly" to describe that attraction between the longing of the buyer and the magnetic pull of the desired merchandise.