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lapse from grace

1. noun An instance in which acts or lives immorally, thus causing them to fall out of favor with God. My pastor said God will always forgive a lapse from grace if you truly repent.
2. noun An instance in which one does something that tarnishes one's reputation, causing one to fall out of favor with someone, such as the public. That actor had a catastrophic lapse from grace after his racially charged tirade spread across social media. After my lapse from grace with my previous employers, I decided to set out on my own and begin my own company.
3. verb To fall out of favor with God or the church, typically due to acting or living immorally. Many a virtuous man and woman to lapse from grace in the pursuit of wealth and material success. The archbishop lashed out at priests who have lapsed from grace and besmirched the dignity of the church.
4. verb To fall out of favor, typically due to having done something that tarnishes one's reputation. Once an icon of the pop-music world, the singer lapsed from grace following a string of run-ins with the police.
See also: grace, lapse

lapse in judgment

An error or deviation in judgment; a mistake, especially when one should have known better. Look, I'm sorry, I know I shouldn't have left the bags unattended. I was just stressed out and had a momentary lapse of judgment! You're a good worker, Tonya, but this lapse in judgment is not something we can overlook.
See also: judgment, lapse

lapse into (something)

To fall into some state or condition. John lapsed into a severe depression after being fired from his job. She survived the emergency surgery, but lapsed into a coma shortly thereafter.
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lapse of the pen

An unintentional mistake in one's writing, such as incorrect spelling, word choice, or meaning. Whoops, I meant to tell my mother that she was welcome to call over next Monday, but I actually wrote "next month" instead. Oh well, she'll understand that it was just a lapse of the pen. Now take your time while writing these test essays—you don't want a few lapses of the pen to be the reason you get a lower grade!
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lapse from grace

 
1. Lit. to fall out of favor with God. The child was told that if he ever smoked even one cigarette, he would lapse from grace for certain. It is easy, these days, to lapse from grace.
2. Fig. to fall out of favor. Ted lapsed from grace when he left the lobby door unlocked all weekend. I have to be there on time every day or I will lapse from grace for sure.
See also: grace, lapse

lapse into something

to weaken or slip into something, especially a coma. The survivor of the crash lapsed into a coma. Aunt Mary lapsed into unconsciousness and died.
See also: lapse
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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