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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An outdated term for a prostitute.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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Although I have become more conventional in attire and personal grooming (no more long hair and laceless sneakers), I hope that the capacity for connection and caring is deeper.
and commodity fetishes (mile-high Nikes, low-slung Levis, "prison style" laceless boots).
More recently, the term "hip-hop" describes a culture, superficially characterized by performers with droopy pants, hats to the back, laceless sneakers, hoods, and loud radios.
On April 30, 2009, the Company completed the sale of Royal Elastics, the Company's laceless fashion footwear brand.
Dressed in a white T-shirt, dark tracksuit trousers and laceless plimsolls, he was flanked by two security guards for the 10-minute hearing.
At a minimum, that should include laceless safety toe boots (and/or spats); heat resistant and/or flame retardant gloves that minimize the opening at the wrist where molten metal might enter; a hard helmet and face shield worn over safety glasses; and appropriate primary protective clothing (worn over secondary protective clothing) to provide a layering effect for greater protection [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 4 OMITTED].
MY dad used to go on about Clyde pioneering the laceless ball and that they hit double figures in their first game with it.
NASDAQ: KSWS) today announced it has completed the sale of Royal Elastics, the company's laceless fashion footwear brand, to REH, an investment group led by Royal Elastics' LA-based Product Design Director.
Royal Elastics, a wholly owned subsidiary, is the leading innovator of slip-on, laceless footwear.