- 1A fine open fabric, typically one of cotton or silk, made by looping, twisting, or knitting thread in patterns and used especially for trimming garments.More example sentences
- Here's what you get when you mix luxurious silk with a lace trim and fine ribbon lacing.
- Her jeans and black shirt were replaced by a dress of blue velvet, cream silk and white lace.
- Upon her bed was a gown of light blue silk trimmed with white lace and satin bows running from the neck to the waist.
- 1.1Braid used for trimming, especially on military dress uniforms.More example sentences
- There was gold lace down the seams on the sides of the arms showing skin.
- She sat before the organ wearing a simple black dress, no lace, no detail.
- I had worn a little blue velvet jacket with gold lace and now I clutched it possessively.
- 2 (usually laces) A cord or leather strip passed through eyelets or hooks on opposite sides of a shoe or garment and then pulled tight and fastened.More example sentences
- She found a thick leather vest and put it on top of the shirt, pulling the laces tight.
- Wyatt said he pulled the laces out of two pairs of shoes and he and Rattigan both tied her up.
- As she pulled at the laces of the tight whalebone corset, she gave a little gasp.
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- 1Fasten or tighten (a shoe or garment) by tying its laces: he put the shoes on and laced them upMore example sentences
- Marshall was lacing his shoes when his brother came in and jumped onto the end of his bed.
- I situated myself down on the arm of the couch, now fully dressed as I laced my sneakers up.
- She quickly finished lacing her shoes and looked outside and saw the town as it normally was at dawn.
- 1.1 (lace someone into) Fasten someone into (a garment) by tightening the laces: Morris laced Bill and David into boxing glovesMore example sentences
- The Widow is a corset which the young Edmund is required to lace her into.
- I have a steel-boned underbust corset that I can wear for you too, or I can bring it along for you to lace me into.
- Next, a scruffy-looking student enthusiastically volunteered to lace him into a straightjacket and secure him with padlocks and chains.
- 1.2 (lace something through) Pass a lace or cord through (a hole).More example sentences
- She tied her pocket closed with jute twine by lacing it through holes she punched in the corners.
- You could take black satin ribbon and lace it through the big stitches for extra effect.
- Running decklines through the loops of these device requires the kayak operator to unlash the decklines and lace them through the loops, then re-lash the lines.
- 1.4 [no object] (Of a garment or shoe) be fastened by means of laces: the shoes laced at the frontMore example sentences
- A shoe that laces will allow for adjustment across this area.
- I also had my knee length combat boots that laced up in the front.
- The bodice laced up in the front with cream-colored ribbon, which tied off at the waist.
- 2Entwine or tangle (things, especially fingers) together: he laced his fingers together and sat backMore example sentences
- Subjects laced their fingers together and placed their hands at the back of their head.
- Cris grinned at her and hopped up onto the couch, lacing his fingers together as he winked.
- He laced his fingers together under his head and crossed his legs, looking at her.
- 3 (usually be laced with) Add an ingredient, especially alcohol, to (a drink or dish) to enhance its flavor or strength: he gave us coffee laced with brandy • figurative his voice was laced with derisionMore example sentences
flavor, mix (in), blend, fortify, strengthen, stiffen, season, spice (up), enrich, liven up; doctor, adulterate• informal spike
- It may arise where the accused is drugged by others or his drink is laced with alcohol.
- When I was ill, our butler caught Charles lacing my tea with some sort of substance.
- Noah had calmed down after a couple of drinks, mainly coffee laced with alcohol.
- 4Hit (something, especially a baseball) hard: he laced a double down the first-base lineMore example sentences
- But Bernie Williams further tormented Millar by lacing another double down the rightfield line, scoring two runs, both charged to Schilling's room.
- Gary Sheffield led off, lacing a double down the leftfield line, and Hideki Matsui followed with a broken-bat single up the middle.
- You can bring in a pitcher that has faced a guy who has gotten just one hit off him in 12 at-bats and the guy laces a double down the line.
- • informal Assail or tackle (something): Marion laced into her opponent with a blistering criticismMore example sentences
- One group he laces into is the Royal Society - its astronomers, physicists, and mathematicians.
Middle English: from Old French laz, las (noun), lacier (verb), based on Latin laqueus 'noose' (also an early sense in English). Compare with lasso.