lap against (something)

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lap against (something)

Of water, to break, beat, or splash gently against something, as due to a current or tide. I love sleeping out on my uncle's boat at night, with the waves lapping against the hull.
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lap (up) against something

[for waves] to splash gently against something. The waves lapped up against the shore softly. The waves lapped against the side of the boat all night long, and I couldn't sleep.
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A vast ocean wilderness literally laps against the city's shores, and we share these waters with whales, seals, sea turtles, and yes, sometimes sharks."
It adds: "At lowtide, the beach stretches for four miles towards Pwllheli, whilst at high tide thesea laps against the wall of the patio to the frontof the house."
Perhaps because Hoskins is a public historian long employed by North Sydney Council, and thus familiar with issues arising from the body of water that laps against the southern shores of his workplace, there is an interesting emphasis on the history of the northern shore of the harbour as well as the southern (Central Business District) side.
And she is keen to continue her dominance over two laps against the best in Britain at Perry Barr in a few weeks' time.
Despite the cycles of violence that ebb and flow like the lake that laps against its shores, organizers of the Salaam Kivu Film Festival want Goma to be a city of hope.
Stand on Nell's Point, Barry Island, on a late November afternoon when the visitors have long gone and, as the sea laps against the rocks, you appreciate what poet Matthew Arnold meant when he talked about waves "bringing the eternal note of sadness in".
"I was interested in how we were doing against the series regulars and my initial disappointment on heat times was cleared once we realised they were doing three laps against our four, placing our lap times in among the division one supercars," said Craven.
There are three a la carte restaurants on site, including the beach fish restaurant where you dine on freshly-caught seafood while the water laps against the shore.
The lake laps against the shore, whipped by wind into patterns that change as the day progresses, transforming the surface into a surrealistic dreamscape.
One evening, as the sunset laps against the waves, I watch a blond German child play effortlessly with dark-haired local children in a game of hide and seek that transcends language or nationality barriers.
They seduce you into a day out at a "picturesque fishing village" by describing "a little-known pearl nestling in an oasis of quiet charm where an azure sea laps against deserted white sands".
The swarm rises and falls as effortlessly as the tide that laps against the shoreline.
They also turn out to be great singers and dancers, and as they belt out a convincing Steps medley, the sea laps against the shore behind me and a waiter checks my glass is full.