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lapse vb. (not pre-S.; 2 there was a 17th cent. sense ‘to let slip’ of which this may be an early instance with inverted construction)
1. to fall into sin (by lying) Cor. V. ii. 19, Cym. III. vi. 12.
2. (?) Ham. III. iv. 107 “l-'d in time and passion,” ‘having suffered time to go by and passion to cool’ (J.). ∥ In Tw.N. III. iii. 36 (?) to pounce upon as an offender, apprehend; prob. associated with ‘laps’ in the phr. ‘fall into the laps of’ =come within the power of.
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