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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.
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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

be in the lap of the gods

To be out of one's control or power. Now that the jury is deliberating, my fate is in the lap of the gods
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drop into (one's) lap

To become available to someone who has made little effort. Because she's the daughter of a CEO, I'm sure great opportunities just drop into her lap.
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in the lap of luxury

Having a luxurious and comfortable life due to one's abundant money and resources. The fact that he grew up in the lap of luxury was used to discredit the candidate's claim of wanting to represent working-class citizens. After winning the lottery, they moved to Paris to live in the lap of luxury.
See also: lap, luxury, of

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.
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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

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

fall into your lap

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drop into your lap

If something good falls into your lap or drops into your lap, you get it without making any effort. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. She doesn't really know what to do with the large cheques that regularly fall in to her lap. It would not be safe to assume that victory will drop into our lap at the next election.
See also: fall, lap

in the lap of luxury

If you live in the lap of luxury, you live in conditions of great comfort and wealth. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. We don't live in the lap of luxury, but we're comfortable. They are heading for retirement and intend to spend it in the lap of luxury. Note: You can say that something is the lap of luxury when it is very comfortable and expensive. The house seemed like the lap of luxury.
See also: lap, luxury, of

in the lap of the gods

If something is in the lap of the gods, it will be decided or affected by luck or chance, rather than anything you can do. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. I've done all I can to get the job so we'll see what happens. It's in the lap of the gods. You make a recording of your song. Then, when the tape's been sent, it's in the lap of the gods. Note: The idea here is that nobody knows what blessings will fall from the lap of the gods until they actually appear on earth.
See also: god, lap, of

land in your lap

If something such as criticism or a problem lands in your lap, you are forced to accept it or deal with it even if it is not really your responsibility. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. These problems have landed in the lap of Donald Jackson, an unassuming manager with little international experience. Why should this criticism land in the lap of a soldier, rather than a minister or official? Note: You can also say that something is thrown into your lap. The solution of the funding crisis should not be thrown into the lap of students. Note: Other verbs are sometimes used instead of land or throw. Few governments seem ready to pay the bill for tossing the world's problems into the UN's lap.
See also: land, lap

the last lap

1. The last lap is the final part of a long activity. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. Monica is on the last lap now — she is doing six weeks medicine at Birmingham General Hospital.
2. The last lap is the final part of a journey. Note: In the first four idioms, `lap' refers to the area at the top of your thighs when you are sitting down, where a child would sit. The car turned into a long avenue of pine trees, the last lap of their journey to the Venters' house.
See also: lap, last

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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Size and shape of abrasive grains can affect lapping action.
Water-based vehicles are most commonly used for lapping ceramic, although oil vehicles can work in some cases.
Depending on the equipment, the vehicle also may have to carry away heat developed by lapping.
Flat lapping and polishing achieve the highest parallelism and uniformity of size when set up to perform abrasive machining on both sides of workpieces simultaneously in batchmode processing.
Typically, double-side lapping in batch modes uses rotating workholders that guide workpieces uniformly between the rotating lapping wheels (Figures 7).
To lap or polish away taper, bow, and size variation, it's necessary to control lapping pressure accurately.
Today's double-side lapping machines achieve consistent results by providing programmed soft-touch approach and pressure application.
A continuous flow of abrasive slurry evenly applied to the top and bottom lap surfaces and uniformly distributed over the complete lapping area results in accuracy in size, flatness, surface finish, and uniform production.
Machines for cylindrical lapping employ two annular laps, each mounted on a vertical spindle (Figure 9).
Controlled lapping occurs as the parts slip and slide during rolling, caused by the nonradial direction of the workholder slots (Figure 8).
The starting lapping pressure is applied to the larger parts until all parts are of equal size and straightness.