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a frothy white mass of bubbles produced by soap or a similar cleansing substance when mixed with water. heavy sweat visible on a horse’s coat as a white foam.
) informal a state of agitation or nervous excitement:Larry was worked into a lather and shouted at the mayor
(with reference to soap or a similar cleansing substance) form or cause to form a frothy white mass of bubbles : [no object]soap will not lather in hard water [with object] rub soap onto (a part of the body) until a lather is produced:she was lathering herself languidly beneath the shower cause (a horse) to become covered with sweat:his horse was lathered up by the end of the day
(lather something with
) cover something liberally with (a substance):she lathered a slice of toast with butter
2 [with object] informal thrash (someone).