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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An outdated term for a prostitute.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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The exhibition will provide all visitors with a new opportunity to experience and learn about Cypriot lace and lace embroidery.
In the manner of making Laces, you shall understand at the beginning that the second finger shall be called A, the third B, the fourth C.
Antique laces continue to circulate today, given new lives by restorers, dealers, and collecting institutions.
Now repeat this until you run out of lace or to the desired length, then decorate the ends with beads.
One is a criss-cross pattern where both ends of the lace zig zag across each other through the eyelets.
Scientists found that the straight-laced, criss-cross methods proved to be the strongest way of tying laces, by producing more tension, but that the bow-tie used less lace and was thus more efficient.
We see an opportunity for us in going forward in some of these other niches -- negative positive burn-out looks and the more deli- cate laces which have that additional degree of versatility.
The Run For Good Red Laces Program underscores our commitment to support and inspire young runners to get moving and stay fit," said Richie Woodworth, president of Saucony.
Repeat with the red lace on other sideStep 5 Continue to make the firefly's body with five more box knots Step 6 To make tail, swap laces to make red laces knotting laces then make five box knots with black laces.
The inquisitive 11-month-old Basset hound had eaten the laces after a pack was left out by her owners.
For centuries people have ``criss crossed'' their laces or done them up using the ``straight lace'' method and whilst they remain the strongest they are not the most efficient.
Prices on at least 1,000 laces start at 4 yards for 99 cents (2 yards for 99 cents retail).
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.
The company, recently acquired by Springs Industries, only has a few laces, compared to the prints.
WHEN you think of Scottish lace, usually images of little circular doilies and old-fashioned tablecloths spring to mind.