vb. (not pre-S.; 2 there
was a 17th cent. sense ‘to let slip’ of
which this may be an early instance with inverted
Ham. III. iv. 107
“l-'d in time and
‘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.