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lapse
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Middlemarch
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  • "Oh, Mr. Lydgate!" said Mary, with an unmistakable lapse into indifference.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • She lapsed into her inarticulate sounds, and unconsciously drew forth the article which she was fingering.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Their ardor alternated between a vague ideal and the common yearning of womanhood; so that the one was disapproved as extravagance, and the other condemned as a lapse.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Lydgate was aware that his concessions to Rosamond were often little more than the lapse of slackening resolution, the creeping paralysis apt to seize an enthusiasm which is out of adjustment to a constant portion of our lives.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Among our valued friends is there not some one or other who is a little too self-confident and disdainful; whose distinguished mind is a little spotted with commonness; who is a little pinched here and protuberant there with native prejudices; or whose better energies are liable to lapse down the wrong channel under the influence of transient solicitations?  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …of Marquesses and Viscounts which seemed to prove that blood asserted its pre-eminence even among black-legs; but the minute retentiveness of his memory was chiefly shown about the horses he had himself bought and sold; the number of miles they would trot you in no time without turning a hair being, after the lapse of years, still a subject of passionate asseveration, in which he would assist the imagination of his hearers by solemnly swearing that they never saw anything like it.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • As he threw down his book, stretched his legs towards the embers in the grate, and clasped his hands at the back of his head, in that agreeable afterglow of excitement when thought lapses from examination of a specific object into a suffusive sense of its connections with all the rest of our existence—seems, as it were, to throw itself on its back after vigorous swimming and float with the repose of unexhausted strength—Lydgate felt a triumphant delight in his studies, and something…  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: allowed the policy to lapse
as in: a lapse in judgement
as in: after the lapse of many hours
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