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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An outdated term for a prostitute.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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Choi said LACERS does try to invest locally, but she and the administrators are required to make investments that maximize the return and minimize the risks.
LL: Talking about the board of LACERS, how did it become integrated into a diverse board?
RA: I think the history of the LACERS board over the last maybe 10 years, maybe even going back 15 years, has had some diversity to its makeup, and that's primarily because four out of the seven members are appointed by the Mayor, and previous mayors have made an attempt to include diversity in their appointments throughout the city of Los Angeles for their commissioners.
He spent many years working hard with CalPERS and LACERS, and his work also took him to the [Robert] Toigo Foundation, where he also worked hard to help Latinos to achieve success through education.
The city expects its contributions to the LACERS system to rise from $121 million this fiscal year up to $420 million in 2008-09.
The city currently contributes $120 million, according to LACERS, the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.
Stavro's move to Cardinal Americas comes shortly after the addition of former LACERS General Manager, Robert Aguallo, Jr.
These examples included CalPERS, CalSTRS, Boeing, GE Asset Management, Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, LACERS, LACERA, New York State Common Retirement Fund, Shell Oil, Teacher Retirement System of Texas and Verizon Communications.
Aguallo, who managed LACERS $12 billion in trust assets for 5 years, sees an extraordinary opportunity in taking the helm of the Cardinal Americas Fund.
This day-long event is a must attend for investment professionals they want to hear first-hand the experiences and successes of in-state investing," said Robert Aguallo, General Manager of the LACERS.
LACERS manages the retirement benefits for more than 40,000 members and directs investments of more than $9 billion in trust assets.