- The lower portion of the belt should be flat across the lap and as low as possible on the hip so that the impact is spread across the hip-bones rather than the abdomen.
- His head lies on her lap with his arms wrapped around her waist.
- I turned towards Alex and sat down on his lap with my knees on either side of his body, facing him.
- Her hands were clasped together in the taut lap of her green dress; her face was broad and serene below her bleached, spiked hair.
- Evelyn sat, tears streaming down her cheeks and forming a damp pool on the lap of her gown.
- She straightened herself in her spot and spread her hands on the lap of the silk gown.
Old English læppa, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lap, German Lappen 'piece of cloth'. The word originally denoted a fold or flap of a garment (compare with lapel), later specifically one that could be used as a pocket or pouch, or the front of a skirt when held up to carry something ( Middle English), hence the area between the waist and knees as a place where a child could be nursed or an object held.
fall (or drop) into someone's lap
- (Of something desirable) be acquired by or happen to someone without any effort being made on their part: women fall at his feet, power falls into his lapMore example sentences
- Or a story falls into Clark 's lap and he must not only save the day, but do so in such a way as to make the victims of the evil plot made good by the end of the episode.
- It's a failing of me as a journalist that I didn't do some simple things at the very start, when the story was falling into my lap, that would have made this easier, but live and learn.
- Having a hit is what Aimee really wants and it fell into my lap.
in someone's lap
- As someone’s responsibility: she dumped the problem in my lapMore example sentences
- Furthermore, this type of reporting, linked to a lack of reporting the opposition views, clearly lays the responsibility in your lap.
- They do come and dump their problems in your lap and expect you to solve them.
- That's just a timid bureaucrat trying to unload a problem that got dumped in his lap.
in the lap of the gods
- (Of the success of a plan or event) depending on factors that one cannot control; open to chance.More example sentences
out of one's hands, beyond one's control, in the hands of fate, open to chance, not one's responsibility
- We are in the lap of the gods as to when the air space is opened.
- And it is for those two reasons that Ellen admits her next record attempt planned for November is firmly in the lap of the gods.
- However much rehearsal she may have done, she knows that the final few per cent of inspiration's in the lap of the gods, and it's that which gives the event its compulsive thrill.
in the lap of luxury
- In conditions of great comfort and wealth: Katie was living in the lap of luxury in ParisMore example sentences
- It was one of the few times I've lived in the lap of luxury and felt totally comfortable.
- Everyone seems to agree that there were no beatings, and while they weren't exactly living in the lap of luxury (or Florida white-collar prisons), we have to remember that these were not nice men.
- These anti-globalisation protesters were breaking windows against world injustice, protesting against the fact that millions die starving while others live in the lap of luxury.
lapful noun (plural lapfuls)
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- Pick up a single back from her lapful of shirt backs.
- Much of the problem is Yasu, goofily portrayed, doesn't have too much characterization supporting him, so there isn't as much empathy for the character when he gets a lapful of earthworms.
- A young man, 24, with tousled, straight brown hair, crystal blue eyes looked up from his lapful of ropes.
- He also holds the track record for most laps led by a race winner, 162.
- The Stewart household has an old videotape, which contains just the final three laps of a track race in 1970.
- Unfortunately it wasn't to be as he spun off the track on the sixth lap of the race.
- It also had an eight-lane pool were people swam laps and dove on the diving board.
- They all started swimming their laps around the pool.
- If swimming some laps at the local pool isn't hardcore enough for you, there's no better time to join a gym and replace that hour on the couch with an hour on the treadmill.
- The Brahmaputra, in the last lap of its journey to the Bay of Bengal, bifurcates into a number of channels in the district.
- We motored down from Kochi, but had to cover the last lap of the journey by motor boat along a narrow canal.
- All talk of the war being over was nonsense, and here were the trucks to take them on the first lap of their journey to death.
verb (laps, lapping, lapped)[with object] Back to top
- If riders were lapped, they were required to pull out of the race.
- If not, during the race I lapped Rubens, so I guess the Bridgestone weren't that competitive at the end, compared with the Michelin.
- At one point I thought she was going to be the first person to be lapped in a 100m race.
- With the competitors lapping once every three minutes and racing in total for over an hour there is plenty of spectacular action.
- As the laps unwound, the pack split into two groups and the leaders were lapping slower competitors by the ninth lap.
- Maldonado scored some very fast laps and took a good advantage, lapping 2/3 tenths faster than all the other drivers.
- Refit the skirting boards with the uncut board placed snugly in the corner and the shaped board lapped over it.
- Contour feathers lapped over the transmitter, concealing its presence and preserving the bird's hydrodynamic profile as much as possible.
- Metal flashings that once were soldered are now lapped and ‘sealed.’
- These are shaped to the desired contours and are usually made of hardened tool steel ground and lapped to a mirror finish.
- It featured broach cut rifling, was lapped by hand, and was made from 4140 carbon steel.
Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'coil, fold, or wrap'): from lap1. Sense 1 of the noun and verb date from the mid 19th century.
verb (laps, lapping, lapped)[with object]
- ‘I heard one of my dogs lapping water out of a tree when we was up back of my cabin last week,’ he drawled.
- On its own, it is rather disturbing and baffling, in particular the clip where a tiny man is licking the camera lens, which turns into a cat lapping up a saucer of milk.
- Adele looks him over like a cat lapping up cream, obviously finding little fault with his appearance.
- Since then, artists have reveled in symbol-laden dream scenarios, and audiences looking for clues to the human experience have lapped them up eagerly.
- Pedants may complain that this bears scant relation to the legendary title character but kids will lap it up and adults will find plenty to enjoy.
- Ok, I now know that a fair amount of his traffic comes from the US where he spends an increasing amount of his time and where his views are lapped up by a more conservative audience.
- Joel cut the motor, the only sound was the water lapping the side of the skiff.
- The scenery is magnificent throughout and the pristine waters lapping these shores contain a rich store of life.
- The pristine waters lapping its shores contain a rich store of life.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- You've got to like wind in the trees, sun on the water, the lap of waves against rock.
- All he could hear was the wind sighing in the trees and the soft lap of water against the wall surrounding the lake.
- He listened to the ship, hearing the creaking and the lap of water against the hull.