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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An outdated term for a prostitute.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.
See also: lace, up

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.
See also: lace, up


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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Many of the characteristic Irish laces began as conscious imitations of popular Continental styles, but these adaptations were quickly transformed by local circumstances.
The benefit of U-Lace is that the stretchy modular lace transform lace-up sneakers into slip-ons that never need to be tied again, but of particular interest to moms of autistic children; they also look like regular shoelaces when installed.
The proposed acquisition of Hofmann Laces is reflective of Guilford's strategy to enhance shareholder value by strengthening Guilford's market position in its key product categories.
Even with double knotting, the laces came untied three times in last November's race.
Not only are HICKIES elastic laces extremely functional for every-day use, travel and exercise, the variety of colors makes it a fun mix-and-match way to completely change the look of your shoes.
U-Laces are short, stretchy laces that span a single set of eyelets.
A VET faced a real dog's dinner when Poppy the puppy ended up on the operating table after swallowing 12 pairs of shoe laces.
Step 3 Repeat with a second lace in a different colour Step 4 Take one lace of each colour, these are your 'knotting laces', keep them straight and in the middle
Chris Capel - Dorito's Crash the Super Bowl Top 5 Finalist Teams up with U-Lace Sneaker Customizing Laces to produce break-out U-Lace commercial.
The company, recently acquired by Springs Industries, only has a few laces, compared to the prints.
These attributes and advancements have made Brunet International the preferred lace supplier to some of the world's best brands and retailers in the lingerie and intimate apparel industry.
If you're tired of retail prices and little or no customer service, you might want to visit Bev's Crafts & Lace.
NEW YORK--Leading window coverings suppliers are unveiling a major innovation in laces at this week's Home Textiles Market using a proprietary technology from fabric supplier Albani-Bayeux.
Some manufacturers are expanding window laces into other categories like bath and table in order to capitalize on successful patterns.