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laced mutton

An outdated term for a prostitute. A: "I think that Lord Stewart is spending time with a laced mutton." B: "No, surely not!"
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lace into someone or something

 and light into someone or something
Fig. to attack, devour, or scold someone or something. We laced into a big meal of pork and beans. The bully punched John once, and then John really laced into him. John lit into him with both fists.
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lace someone into something

to tighten the laces of something someone is wearing. Sally helped Billy lace himself into his boots. The maid laced Gloria into her corset.
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lace someone up

to tie someone's laces; to help someone get dressed in a garment having laces. Would you please lace me up? I can't reach the ties in the back. I laced up Sally, as she requested.
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lace something up

to tie the laces of something. Lace your shoes up, Tommy. Lace up your shoes.
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lace something with something

to adulterate something with something, often with something alcoholic. Someone laced the punch with strong whiskey. Who laced my coffee with brandy?
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lace into

Also, light into. Attack, assail, as in He laced into me for arriving late, or She lit into him for forgetting the tickets. The first of these colloquial terms employs lace in the sense of "beat up or thrash," a usage dating from the late 1500s. The idiom with light dates from the late 1800s and stems from the verb meaning "descend."
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lace into

To attack or assail someone: The captain laced into me for getting to practice so late.
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lace up

1. To fasten shoes or clothing by tightening and tying laces: I laced up my skates before my lesson. We laced our hiking boots up before we headed out.
2. To tighten and tie the laces on someone's shoes or clothing: Come over here so I can lace you up. The assistant laced up the skater before the start of the competition.
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1. tv. to add alcohol to coffee or tea; to add alcohol to any food or drink. Who laced the punch?
2. tv. to add a bit of one drug to another; to add drugs to any food or drink. (Drugs.) Somebody laced the ice cubes with acid.
3. n. money. (Underworld.) You got any lace in those pockets?
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Through her memberships, Mary Lou has won a number of awards for her lace.
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She teamed her nude lace dress with a pair of nude stilettos and completed her ensemble with a matching Jane Taylor hat.
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In Lace the final frontier he turns it into something closer to khaki.
The delicate Sophie Hallette lace is an exclusive design featuring shamrocks, roses and lilies.
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1 -- 4 -- color) Sweeping onto the red carpet were Kyra Sedgwick, top, and Jane Kaczmarek while Evangeline Lilly made a statement with a strapless purple gown and Jaime Pressly wears Chantilly lace.
For the Colombian-born Friedemann, whose father is an American citizen, the lace window curtains that were a fixture in bourgeois neighborhoods in her native Bogota came to embody for her the contradictions and contradistinctions that make up the world of an expatriate: the outsider stance toward both native and adopted cultures; the sense of a veil separating private and public personas.
Lace is ornate, elaborate and fussy - just what the Victorians loved.
Diversity seems to be the key to success for lace manufacturers, especially in transitional laces that bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary.
And, in fact, George's new powers are a serious stumbling block in his bid for the heart of Lace Pennamin, the town's single mom newcomer (Kyra Sedgwick).
Also, people with high arches might want to lace shoes without a criss-cross pattern (e).
NEW YORK -- Feri EuroRating Services AG and LACE Financial Corp ("LACE") have announced the creation of a joint sales cooperation venture, which is designed to allow each organization to provide additional research and ratings products to its customers.