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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An outdated term for a prostitute.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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Sofia Hellqvist also chose lace during her wedding to Prince Carl Philip of Sweden in 2015, and hers was long sleeved just like Kate's.
Dorothy Perkins blue lace shift dress PS42, dorothyperkins.
From the stretch lace, cut two front strap inserts, mirroring the placement on the lace if possible, and one back yoke piece on the fold.
Lefkara lace and embroidery, bibilla (a type of fine knotted lace often used to edge bed covers, tablecloths and nightgowns), crochet and bobbin lace are just a few of the exhibits in Threads of Tradition, along with a fascinating section on the lace trade of the early to mid-twentieth century.
Ladylike lace detailing adds a pretty touch to undies and accessories.
Dolce & Gabbana, taking inspiration from their Italian heritage, have featured lace in almost all of their collections, but AW13 saw them turn their focus entirely on this item, meaning the red carpet has seen a rush of celebs in lace, each with their own interpretation (or should I say their stylist's interpretation) of how it should be worn.
Caption: A retreat participant works her lace into a dove pattern.
The famed lace industries in France and Belgium relied on ateliers and design studios to produce stylish patterns that suited discerning, high fashion tastes.
Gantt, founder of SWIGCH'D, a premium hair & lace wig company based in New York City.
All over lace dresses were big on the catwalks but you can always opt for a pretty white broderie anglaise top if you only want to dip a toe into this trend.
WHEN Kate Middleton walked down the aisle a year ago, her now iconic wedding dress brought lace to the fashion mainstream.
Lost In Lace - New approaches UK and international artists (Gas Hall, until Feb 19) When I first heard Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery were putting on a lace exhibition, my initial thought was: "Goody, goody
THERE'S nothing old fashioned about this season's feast of fabrics - new life has been breathed into sumptuous velvet and antique lace.
In black or white, sassy or demure, designers have updated a timeless look with drop waists, lace-fringed hems, plunging necklines and lace belts.