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Lapsed, surprised, taken in the act (cf. the Low German belapsen)“: if I be l. in this place, I shall pay dear,” Tw. III, 3, 36. “do you not come your tardy son to chide, that, l. in time and passion, lets go by the important acting of your dread command?” Hml. III, 4, 107, i. e. who, surprised by you in a time and passion fit for the execution of your command, lets them go by.
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