1. In that way or manner, having those characteristics, as in I told him not to talk to her like that, or I wish I could, like Dick, tell you what I really think, but I'm not like that. [Late 1800s] 2. See JUST LIKE THAT. like to Also, liked to. Come close to, be on the point of. For example, We like to froze to death, or He liked to have never got away. This expression, now considered a colloquialism from the American South, dates from the early 1400s and was used several times by Shakespeare.
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