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drop (something) in (someone's) lap

To give to or force upon someone suddenly and unexpectedly. When Steve won the lottery, we suddenly had the chance to travel the world dropped in our laps. Our son dropped his student debt in our laps when he lost his job last year.
See also: drop, lap

lap dog

1. Literally, a dog that is small enough and temperamentally inclined to sit comfortably upon one's lap. We always had lap dogs when I was growing up, so I never feel comfortable around my boyfriend's gigantic St. Bernard.
2. A person who is readily inclined to submit to, seek the favor of, or agree with someone else, especially a person of higher authority. It sickens me to see you be a lap dog of your boss like that. Have a little self-respect!
See also: dog, lap

lap of the gods

A state beyond possible human control, intervention, or responsibility; a state or condition that is or will be decided by nature or fate. Usually used in the phrase "in the lap of the gods." I'm afraid we've done all we can to treat your father's heart attack. His recovery is in the lap of the gods, now.
See also: god, lap, of

fall into (one's) lap

To be received unexpectedly or without effort. I didn't steal the internship from you—it fell into my lap, I swear! Your aunt has decided to get a new car, so her old one might fall into your lap.
See also: fall, lap

fall into one's lap

Fig. [for something of great value or usefulness] to be given or granted to someone without having been requested. Some valuable antique jewelry just fell into his lap. His late mother had kept it hidden for years.
See also: fall, lap

in the lap of luxury

Cliché in luxurious surroundings. John lives in the lap of luxury because his family is very wealthy. When I retire, I'd like to live in the lap of luxury.
See also: lap, luxury, of

lap of luxury

Fig. a luxurious situation. I rather enjoy living in the lap of luxury. You call this pigpen the lap of luxury?
See also: lap, luxury, of

lap over (something)

[for something] to extend or project over the edge or boundary of something. The lid lapped over the edge of the barrel, forming a little table. The blanket did not lap over enough to keep me warm.
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lap something up

 
1. Lit. [for an animal] to lick something up. The dog lapped the ice cream up off the floor. The dog lapped up the ice cream.
2. Fig. [for someone] to accept or believe something with enthusiasm. Of course, they believed it. They just lapped it up. They lapped up the lies without questioning anything.
See also: lap, up

lap (up) against something

[for waves] to splash gently against something. The waves lapped up against the shore softly. The waves lapped against the side of the boat all night long, and I couldn't sleep.
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Make a lap!

Sl. to sit down. Hey, make a lap and get out of the way! Pull up a chair and make a lap!
See also: make

fall into your lap

also drop into your lap
to come to you without you making any effort You can't expect the ideal job to just fall into your lap – you've got to go out there and look for it.
See also: fall, lap

lap up something

also lap something up
1. to enjoy something very much My dogs lap up whatever attention I can give them. Related vocabulary: eat it up
2. to believe what is said or written without knowing or caring if it is true Even if you're lying, there's always someone who will lap it up because most people want to believe you.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of lap up (to eat with great enthusiasm)
See also: lap, up

be in the lap of the gods

if the result of a situation is in the lap of the gods, you cannot control what will happen I've sent in my application form and I've sorted out my references so it's in the lap of the gods now.
See also: god, lap, of

drop/fall into your lap

if something good falls into your lap, you get it without making any effort You can't expect the ideal job to just fall into your lap - you've got to go out there and look for it.
See also: drop, lap

in the lap of luxury

if you are in the lap of luxury, you live in conditions of much comfort because you have a lot of money I have to earn enough to keep my wife in the lap of luxury. They live in the lap of luxury in a huge great house in the south of France.
See also: lap, luxury, of

drop in someone's lap

Give to someone suddenly or without warning. What is given may be desirable, as in I'm just going to drop the promotion in her lap this afternoon, or it may be burdensome, as in They simply dropped the employment problem in our laps. The former usage dates from the mid-1500s, the latter from the mid-1900s.
See also: drop, lap

lap of luxury, in the

In affluent circumstances, equipped with anything money can buy. For example, Jane grew up in the lap of luxury. This expression alludes to the lap as a place of comfort. [Late 1700s]
See also: lap, of

lap of the gods, in the

Beyond one's control, in the hands of providence. For example, She's done what she can to expedite matters; now it's in the lap of the gods. This expression is a translation from Homer's Iliad, in which Automedon, the charioteer of Achilles and Patroclos, said the battle's outcome was "in the lap of the gods." Lap of the gods has also been translated as knees of the gods.
See also: lap, of

lap up

Take in or receive very eagerly, as in She loves to travel-she just laps it up, or The agency is lapping up whatever information their spies send in. This expression alludes to an animal drinking greedily. [Late 1800s]
See also: lap, up

lap up

v.
1. To eat or drink something completely by licking: The kitten lapped up the milk in the saucer. The cat lapped the water up.
2. To receive something eagerly or greedily: The author lapped up the audience's praise. The runner lapped the medals up at the banquet.
See also: lap, up

lap dancer

n. an exotic dancer who writhes and rubs her posterior on the lap of a seated customer. Most of us lap dancers follow rules about no touching.
See also: dancer, lap

lap dancing

n. sexually stimulating erotic writhing and rubbing of a woman’s posterior against the lap of a seated, male customer. Our town has outlawed lap dancing.
See also: dance, lap

Make a lap!

exclam. to sit down. Hey, make a lap and get out of the way!
See also: make

the lap of luxury

Conditions of great affluence or material comfort: an heiress living in the lap of luxury.
See also: lap, luxury, of

faster than a cat lapping chain lightning

Another old Southern expression, this one meaning very fast indeed.
See also: cat, chain, faster, lap, lightning
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NASCAR Nextel Cup veteran driver Jason Leffler of Long Beach, the 1999 TNGP champion, was running in third place when a lapped car pinched him down in turn 4, causing him to spin on the 48th lap.
The most disappointed driver might have been Steve Park, who had by far the best run of his brief Winston Cup career before crashing while trying to avoid a slow lapped car that was running low on the track.
On lap 325, he appeared to put himself in potential jeopardy when, heading toward the end of the frontstretch he sandwiched his car into a small opening between the lapped cars of John Andretti and Kevin Lepage.
I thought I had a shot there, but I got raced hard by a lapped car (Derrike Cope) and burned my tires up," Jarrett said.
Ward Burton, a winner last fall at Rockingham, who was about to be lapped by leader Terry Labonte, skidded sideways and backed hard into the outside wall in turn 1.
Auto Club's midget, sprint and dirt car championships in 1995 and expected to be one of the stars of the new series, were the only drivers on the lead lap at the end, and Stewart was nearly lapped by the flying Calkins with about 50 laps to go.
Shane Stewart, a former World of Outlaws driver, passed Smith for the lead amidst lapped traffic with five laps remaining to pick up the his second victory in as many nights.
Wease led the final 20 laps to win after he and Swanson ran into lapped traffic late in the race.