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lăquĕus , i, m. cf. Gr. ἕλκω, draw, ὁλκός; Lat. lacio; perh. Germ. locken,
I.a noose, snare (class.; cf. tendicula).
I. Lit., Plaut. Truc. 2, 4, 41: “saxa laqueis vinciebat,Sall. J. 94: “laqueis falces avertebant,Caes. B. G. 7, 22: “collum in laqueum inserere,Cic. Verr. 2, 4, 17, § 37: inicere laqueum, to throw over any one, Liv. 1, 26: “inicere cervicibus laqueum,Suet. Vit. 17: “laqueo gulam alicui frangere,to throttle, strangle, Sall. C. 55, 4: “ad laqueum compellere aliquem,to the halter, Plin. 36, 5, 4, § 12: “alicui mandare laqueum,to bid go and be hanged, Juv. 10, 53: “neque carcer neque laqueus,a halter, gallows, Tac. A. 3, 50; 5, 9: “faucesque jam exanimis laqueo vexatae,id. ib. 6, 40.—Of a snare, trap or lasso used by hunters: “laqueis captare feras,Verg. G. 1, 139: “metuit foveam lupus accipiterque Suspectos laqueos,Hor. Ep. 1, 16, 51: “laqueos et muscipula effugere,Phaedr. 4, 2, 8; cf.: “impliciti laqueis nudus uterque jacent,Ov. A. A. 2, 580: “dare in laqueum vestigia,to step into a snare, Juv. 13, 244.—
II. Trop., a snare, gin, trap.
A. In gen.: “judicii laqueos declinans,Cic. Mil. 15, 40; cf.: “interrogationum laqueis aliquem irretire,id. de Or. 1, 10, 43: “laquei Stoicorum,subtleties, id. Tusc. 5, 27, 76: “Chrysippi laquei,id. Fat. 4, 7: “legum et condicionum,id. Clu. 55, 150: verbi laqueo capere, id. Caecin. 29, 83.—Without a gen.: “in hos inexplicabiles laqueos inciderunt,Quint. 5, 10, 101: “(testes) inducuntur in laqueos,id. 5, 7, 11: “sciens in hoc se laqueos induxit,Lact. 6, 12, 13.—
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