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lapse as in:  a lapse in judgement

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  • Her job is to assure there is no lapse of the high standards at their hotels.
    lapse = uncharacteristic failure
  • In an uncharacteristic lapse, McCandless gave his parents' Annandale address when the arresting officer demanded to know his permanent place of residence.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior (due to a lack of diligence)
  • ...for each lapse the discipline wand came again, escalating to a series of painful lashes that left marks on Asher's legs.   (source)
    lapse = instance of not doing the right thing
  • It was totally unlike them, this lapse from gentility, and it made them much more interesting.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior
  • Reverend Sykes used his pulpit more freely to express his views on individual lapses from grace:   (source)
    lapses = an undesired change in behavior
  • I took an academic interest in the thought of stealing the car, knowing all the time that it would be not so much criminal as meaningless, a lapse into nothing, an escape into nowhere.   (source)
    lapse = a change in behavior or state
  • When it is recalled that until the Christian era the underworld was never regarded as a hostile area, that all gods were useful and essentially friendly to man despite occasional lapses;   (source)
    lapses = changes in behavior or state
  • With new respect she moved to pass him the wooden bowl of popcorn, and to it she added a smile that caused him to lapse again into scarlet-faced silence.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior or state
  • Not that I hadn't had a few lapses—unpredictable glides where things flashed out of control for a few eerie blinks like an ice-skid on a bridge and I saw just how badly things could go, how quick.   (source)
    lapses = temporary failures
  • That was a major lapse for him.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior or state
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  • Is it possible that I had a momentary lapse of sanity?   (source)
    lapse = a change in behavior or state
  • When she left I would simply lapse into the old blankness.   (source)
    lapse = change
  • I guessed I'd resolved the soul and sin thing by lapsing from my heavy-duty Catholic background, giving up my immortal soul for a blues kind of soul.   (source)
    lapsing = changing
  • Maybe he got it where he learned that language he lapsed into.   (source)
    lapsed = changed
  • Lately, KSB-22-09 is experiencing memory lapses and spells of paranoia, which are thought to be related to the long-term use of the sedative that he receives before bed each night.   (source)
    lapses = temporary failures
  • Right after we were married, I lapsed into a voluptuous sloth.   (source)
    lapsed = changed behavior or state
  • When he had gone with that woman it had been his first lapse in two years or thereabouts.   (source)
    lapse = change in normal behavior
  • If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre–preferably to Iceland.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior
  • Gatsby took an arm of each of us and moved forward into the restaurant, whereupon Mr. Wolfshiem swallowed a new sentence he was starting and lapsed into a somnambulatory abstraction.   (source)
    lapsed = changed behavior or state
  • I don't like this lapsing into forgetfulness.   (source)
    lapsing = changing to an unfavorable state
  • A wolf, it is said—but here the tale has surely lapsed into the improbable—came up and smelt of Pearl's robe, and offered his savage head to be patted by her hand.   (source)
    lapsed = changed state
  • He would brook no interference or lapse of focus.   (source)
    lapse = temporary failure
  • "You'll see," he said and lapsed into a silence that lasted until we reached my door.   (source)
    lapsed = changed state
  • And now his lapses are very few.   (source)
    lapses = bad behavior as a result of a lack of effort or diligence
  • Broken banjo strings, momentary passionate lapses of harmony, voices that go from smooth to gravelly to all-out screaming in a single verse.   (source)
    lapses = changes in behavior or state
  • This was my first but not my last lapse into Finny's vision of peace. For hours, and sometimes for days, I fell without realizing it into the private explanation of the world. Not that I ever believed that the whole production of World War II was a trick of the eye manipulated by a bunch of calculating fat old men, appealing though this idea was.   (source)
    lapse = a change in behavior or state
  • In one way it seemed a small thing, starting, after a six months' lapse, where I had so vehemently left off.   (source)
    lapse = temporary period of changed behavior
  • It was an uncharacteristic break from his cover that might easily have alerted his parents to his whereabouts, although the lapse proved to be of no consequence because the private investigator hired by Walt and Billie never caught the slip.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior (due to a lack of diligence)
  • The accumulated clutter of day-today existence, the lapses of conscience, the unpaid bills, the bungled opportunities, the dust under the couch, the inescapable prison of your genes, all of it is temporarily forgotten, crowded from your thoughts by an overpowering clarity of purpose and by the seriousness of the task at hand.   (source)
    lapses = undesired changes in behavior
  • I can be free of words now, I can lapse back into wordlessness, I can sink back into the rhythms of transience as if into bed.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior or state
  • "Now see here," he began, leaping to his feet to lean across the table, and I spun my chair half around on its hind legs as he came between me and the light, gripping the edge of the table, spluttering and lapsing into a foreign language, choking and coughing and shaking his head as I balanced on my toes now, set to propel myself forward; seeing him above me and the others behind him as suddenly something seemed to erupt out of his face.   (source)
    lapsing = changing
  • He lapsed into the silence of reminiscence.   (source)
    lapsed = changed behavior or state
  • "I don't think you ought to see things like that," he said, making haste to transfer from Lenina herself to the surrounding circumstances the blame for any past or possible future lapse from perfection.   (source)
    lapse = change in behavior
  • Renfield seemed himself aware of having made a lapse, for he hurried on, as though to distract my attention from it, "I don't take any stock at all in such matters."   (source)
    lapse = bad behavior (due to a lack of diligence)
  • The straw seats of the car hovered on the edge of combustion; the woman next to me perspired delicately for a while into her white shirtwaist, and then, as her newspaper dampened under her fingers, lapsed despairingly into deep heat with a desolate cry.   (source)
    lapsed = changed behavior or state
  • Certain it was that I was lapsing into sleep, the open eyed sleep of one who yields to a sweet fascination, when there came through the snow-stilled air a long, low wail, so full of woe and pity that it woke me like the sound of a clarion.   (source)
    lapsing = changing state
  • Far more potent were the memories of his heredity that gave things he had never seen before a seeming familiarity; the instincts (which were but the memories of his ancestors become habits) which had lapsed in later days, and still later, in him, quickened and become alive again.   (source)
    lapsed = ceased to be active
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lapse as in:  allowed the policy to lapse

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  • She allowed her life insurance to lapse.
  • I'm a lapsed vegetarian.
    lapsed = terminated (no longer practicing)
  • Our correspondence lapsed.
    lapsed = ended (stopped occurring)
  • Was he concerned that his old friend was morbidly retracing the footsteps of a lapsed romance?   (source)
    lapsed = ended (no longer in effect)
  • Thousand-guilder notes are being declared invalid. ... The five-hundred notes will lapse at the same time.   (source)
    lapse = end (no longer be accepted)
  • My father had been a Lutheran in Wisconsin, but they were out of style in New England, so he had become a lapsed Lutheran and then, my mother said, a bitter atheist.   (source)
    lapsed = no longer practicing
  • Instead, I did something that even as a lapsed Catholic I still did for good luck on nights before exams.   (source)
  • In my hand I held three lapsed life insurance policies with perforated seals stamped "Void";   (source)
    lapsed = ended or terminated
  • Frank had lost the left one when his car was broadsided by a pickup truck driven by a nineteen-year-old drunk with lapsed insurance.   (source)
    lapsed = no longer in effect
  • Jon, who is a lapsed Lutheran from Niagara Falls, thought we should go there for our honeymoon.   (source)
    lapsed = no longer practicing
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  • …at one time, some people remembered, there had been a recital of some sort, performed by the official of the lottery, a perfunctory, tuneless chant that had been rattled off duly each year; ... but years and years ago this part of the ritual had been allowed to lapse.   (source)
    lapse = end
  • Whenever a black family moved or suffered a slight reverse in fortune, it usually let its policy lapse and later bought another policy from some other company.   (source)
    lapse = end or terminate
  • Whilst England remains, and the crown continues, the privilege shall not lapse.   (source)
    lapse = end
  • By then, I was a lapsed Catholic; my sisters and I had been pretty well Americanized since our arrival in this country a decade before, so really, I didn't have a good excuse.   (source)
    lapsed = no longer practicing
  • I was paid under a system that netted me fifteen dollars for every dollar's worth of new premiums that I placed upon the company's books, and for every dollar's worth of old premiums that lapsed I was penalized fifteen dollars.   (source)
    lapsed = ended or terminated
  • I considered myself lucky if, after subtracting lapses from new business, there remained fifteen dollars that I could call my own.   (source)
    lapses = ended (business)
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lapse as in:  after the lapse of many hours

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  • There was a lapse of almost a fifth of a second between the time she saw the danger and began to run.
    lapse = passage of time
  • She showed a time-lapse video of the flower growing.
    time-lapse = a technique of showing events faster than they happen by taking a series of pictures, one after each passing of some time period, and then combing the pictures into a quick video
  • ...I tried to decipher between lapses into stale sleep, the meaning of Leper's telegram.   (source)
    lapses = passages of time
  • So we're talking about a time lapse of forty minutes to an hour and a half after the initial explosion.   (source)
    lapse = passing (of a period of time)
  • Twenty-five years seemed to have lapsed between his handing me the letter and my grasping its message.   (source)
    lapsed = passed
  • ...and then, after the lapse of sixty minutes...   (source)
    lapse = passing (of a period of time)
  • These are the reflections of the first days; but when the lapse of time proves the reality of the evil, then the actual bitterness of grief commences.   (source)
  • City-sized shopping malls were erected in the blink of an eye, and storefronts spread across planets like time-lapse footage of mold devouring an orange.†   (source)
  • There was a time-lapse factor built in to allow for wide distribution: the first batch of virus did not become active until all selected territories had been seeded, and the outbreak thus took the form of a series of rapidly overlapping waves.†   (source)
  • Once, years ago in school, I saw a time-lapse holo showing the decomposition of a kangaroo mouse.†   (source)
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  • During his second year in medical school, he rigged a microscope with a time-lapse motion picture camera to capture live cells on film.†   (source)
  • A wall of billowing orange flame grows up silently from the tank farm a mile away, like a time-lapse chrysanthemum.†   (source)
  • I could feel myself growing stronger, like one _ of those plants in a time-lapse video.†   (source)
  • The victim is transfigured, pain-racked, his lower lip dribbling off his face, a growth appearing at the side of his neck, a radiant time-lapse melanoma.†   (source)
  • Another time-lapse camera clicked off frames at half-second intervals.†   (source)
  • His jacket hung on his chair back; his napkin uncrumpled slowly beside his plate, blooming like something out of a time-lapse photography sequence.†   (source)
  • The woman's weather-beaten face receded; a passing police cruiser left time-lapse streaks of red and blue on the night.†   (source)
  • There is more opportunity in films down there, to say the least, since the only films made in this country are short ones that come on before real movies, about leaves spiraling downward into pools or flowers opening in time-lapse photography, to flute music.   (source)
    time-lapse = a technique of showing events faster than they happen by taking a series of pictures, one after each passing of some time period, and then combing the pictures into a quick video
  • Islands sank and rose around us like a time-lapse video of the last two millennia.†   (source)
  • Unseen scalpels completed the job of opening her, lateral incisions appearing like obscene time-lapse footage of a mad surgeon's favorite operation.†   (source)
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  • I was tired of being held accountable for her lapses, her failures to comply.†   (source)
  • Once lapsed, nothing could deliver her.†   (source)
  • King Wen flipped the sandglass on his back six times rapidly, indicating the lapse of two days.†   (source)
  • Quaint buildings have been restored beyond recognition, while fine old traditions have lapsed to make way for mystifying new entertainments.†   (source)
  • Others around them tune in to their conversation, raising their heads toward the two men before lapsing back into silent reveries, sinking deep into their own thoughts.†   (source)
  • Nana, though, laughed so hard, her rotting front tooth in full display, that Mariam thought she would lapse into one of her fits.†   (source)
  • Langdon was suddenly feeling more certain about this, and yet the conclusion left an obvious gaping lapse in the logic of Saunière's actions.†   (source)
  • Sirius lapsed into silence, still staring at the cave wall.†   (source)
  • The boy and I lapse into silence.†   (source)
  • The room lapsed into silence.†   (source)
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  • Often Mr. Odom simply lapses into a parody of a real house tour.†   (source)
  • They have been kept for years in pill boxes, and yet on subjecting them to moisture, have crawled about appearing as well as ever ...The shell may be broken, and even portions of it removed, and yet after a certain lapse of time the injured parts will be repaired by a deposition of shelly matter at the fractured parts.†   (source)
  • She lapsed into a soft regretful voice.†   (source)
  • With that — the first time Reynie had ever spoken so sharply to her — Constance lapsed into furious silence.†   (source)
  • You're so focused and together, but then you have these weird spacy lapses.†   (source)
  • Once she lapses into talking about Constantine without my even asking.†   (source)
  • Once the spring term started, Owen could afford a few, small lapses in his adherence to school rules; he wasn't much of a rule-breaker, anyway.†   (source)
  • I'm sure we'll all sleep a little more soundly now that security has addressed that lapse.†   (source)
  • But this new element—the innocent child—put his lapse beyond mitigation.†   (source)
  • He checks for lapses—like, break-ins.†   (source)
  • She lapsed into giria, the slangy talk that imitated the pidgin English of uneducated people.†   (source)
  • You opted to send in a lapsed creature.†   (source)
  • They lapsed into tranquil silence.†   (source)
  • He lapsed back into his phony slumber.†   (source)
  • He lapsed back into his own thoughts, and all I could think was that the same thing could be said about our conversations.†   (source)
  • I lapsed into such a state when I saw it that I have no memory at all of what happened next—of being helped into the rickshaw, or of anything at all about the ride, until we neared the hospital and Mameha rocked my head from side to side to get my attention.†   (source)
  • But this morning the stillness and peace had been so complete that his watchfulness had lapsed.†   (source)
  • He examined Booth, who lapsed in and out of consciousness.†   (source)
  • While at first he had seemed a little wary, he had lapsed back into a self-satisfied smirk.†   (source)
  • No unexplained time lapses.†   (source)
  • I know what's happening!" she snapped when the merchants lapsed into Yiddish amongst themselves during negotiations over a pair of shoes.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile I've pursued writing this book — after a 10-year lapse.†   (source)
  • There had been a great deal of concern that he might lapse into a long-term coma, but his wakening had alleviated all the worry.†   (source)
  • Robert Frost has a poem, "Out, Out—" (1916), about a momentary lapse of attention and the terrible act of violence that ensues.†   (source)
  • When we experience a memory lapse, and a bit later 'have it on the tip of our tongue' and then later still 'suddenly remember it,' we are talking about something which has lain in the unconscious and suddenly slips through the half-open door to consciousness.†   (source)
  • Otherwise, I felt I was pretty safe in that field—safe enough to lapse into my daydreams.†   (source)
  • The symptoms induced by his sack-happy linebacker included, but were not restricted to: "intimidation, lack of confidence, quick throws, nervous feet, concentration lapses, wanting to know where Lawrence is all the time."†   (source)
  • I smiled encouragingly, but she lapsed into silence again.†   (source)
  • Tata Ndu's attention then lapsed for a number of days, during which time we went to church, swallowed our weekly malaria pill, killed another hen from our dwindling flock, and stole turns sneaking into our parents' bedroom to examinine the small carved woman's genitalia.†   (source)
  • Although I admit in my first week in Iraq we were subject to...well...a minor lapse in judgment after we found an Iraqi insurgent ammunition dump during a patrol along a river as sporadic shots were fired at us from the other side.†   (source)
  • He explained his lapses.†   (source)
  • He gets frustrated by his lapses and sometimes even demoralized.†   (source)
  • Jones was shocked enough to lapse into Valspeak.†   (source)
  • Claudia cried out, and lapsed into peals of laughter.†   (source)
  • Every once in a while Jace would look over at her as if he were about to say something, before lapsing back into an uncharacteristic silence.†   (source)
  • Even if they survived the surgery, weeks would lapse before we could fully assess their condition.†   (source)
  • Shortly after this he lapsed into a violent phase that went on for several weeks.†   (source)
  • About noon, the machines suddenly lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • As I lie there, matching my breathing to his, I can tell the moment when he lapses into sleep.†   (source)
  • "Harmless lapses in memory," she'd said.†   (source)
  • Given the guide's conservative, exceedingly methodical nature, many of his colleagues have expressed puzzlement at this uncharacteristic lapse of judgment.†   (source)
  • It lay there full of moon-silvered waves—shadows of angles that lapsed into curves and, in the distance, lifted to the misted gray blur of another escarpment.†   (source)
  • So does what is known as latency, the period of lime that lapses between the moment one speaker stops talking and the moment the other speaker begins.†   (source)
  • Then he lapsed into silence again.†   (source)
  • Do you see how this might be a lapse in judgment on your part?†   (source)
  • A lapse of imagination, so it simply happened.†   (source)
  • We lapse into silence again, then walk away from each other at the same time, Caleb returning to his cot and me walking down the hallway, following Caleb's directions.†   (source)
  • He struggled on in the darkness between lapses into unconsciousness.†   (source)
  • Memory lapse.†   (source)
  • Henry and Grace were eventually banished, due to some lapse or offense on Henry's part.†   (source)
  • Leo March, brilliant and well known, was now in his eighties, physically strong but subject to lapses of memory and sense.†   (source)
  • He wanted Congress to know that the safety lapses at the plant were not accidental.†   (source)
  • Tonight was just a lapse in judgment and it will never happen again.†   (source)
  • If you dishonored your ancestors in some fashion, the only way to atone for that lapse was to consult with a traditional healer or tribal elder, who communicated with the ancestors and conveyed profound apologies.†   (source)
  • Through playing, Mia revealed the lapses she tried to hide in everyday conversation.†   (source)
  • If I'd been as inept with a sword as I was in a saddle, my father might not have driven me so hard to be a soldier and to let the title of King's Thief lapse forever.†   (source)
  • He hardly seemed to be noticing this lapse, instead just watching the crowd in the middle of the clearing, his arms hanging loosely at his sides.†   (source)
  • Here, Dr. Niehoff ventured off script when he lapsed into a bit of technical jargon, as happened so often when experts couldn't resist the temptation to impress their listeners.†   (source)
  • There is a lapse of over a month until the next entry.†   (source)
  • Well ....a few lapses of judgment, but then he was human.†   (source)
  • The cases described, on the other hand, were predisposed to gross lapses in reality contact and extreme weakness in impulse control during periods of heightened tension and disorganization.†   (source)
  • Conversation often lapses into the profane, as the president's naval background lends truth to the saying "swears like a sailor."†   (source)
  • It was the kind of lapse he had been subject to all his life: things that were clearly dangerous didn't worry him enough.†   (source)
  • Maybe she should have taken some of the chocolate and let herself lapse into sleep.†   (source)
  • So the conversation occasionally lapsed into cryptic silences.†   (source)
  • I had almost made it through the year without lapsing into total cliche but had now missed the mark.†   (source)
  • Already irritated by this lapse, she was further disenchanted by the woman's delicate frame.†   (source)
  • Yet when she did finally divine what was intended, the quality of her apologetic smile ought to have atoned for her lapse.†   (source)
  • Time Lapses, Autumn and Winter.†   (source)
  • A few began to shout and curse, but most lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • After a lapse of silence, I grabbed my motorcycle helmet, saying, "It's gonna be all right, Grandma.†   (source)
  • IN AN INEXPLICABLE LAPSE of judgment, General Lee had spent the previous night of the 12th separated from his troops, stopping at a tavern about three miles away at Basking Ridge, for what reason is not known.†   (source)
  • Such lapses of memory were not uncommon in medical annals, he knew.†   (source)
  • By the time Mortenson and Darsney met their teammates, on a rock face near Camp I, Fine was lapsing in and out of conciousness, suffering also from cerebral edema, the altitude-induced swelling of the brain.†   (source)
  • His admitted memory lapses of the geography of London streets seemed not to affect his pace—he moved from corner to corner under the gaslight with a speed and agility that belied his appearance.†   (source)
  • We lapse into silence, and I take a few sips of champagne.†   (source)
  • Apparently she accepted the lapse, because she sent a gift of an embroidered baby jacket and a hat decorated with small charms.†   (source)
  • A forgivable lapse.†   (source)
  • "Well, good thing you got out, eh?" said the colonel, to cover the lapse.†   (source)
  • Prusias may menace the world's kingdoms, but Astaroth is a threat to the world itself.... As the man lapsed into silence, the logs cracked and a plume of sparks momentarily brightened the darkening room.†   (source)
  • She remembered worrying over every lapse in the talk, issuing silent instructions to the others, "cheering them on silently."†   (source)
  • And the lapses in time?†   (source)
  • Woolf col-lapsed into peals of laughter.†   (source)
  • Take into account, young man-younger man-that I am in my seventieth year, and if I have lapses of language and try to correct them, it is because I mean to be kind, not subreptice.†   (source)
  • Sensing his mind was elsewhere, Lee lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • If the trouble had been in the switch, he felt, there would have been a lapse of time before the trouble showed up in the bulb.†   (source)
  • It was weeks now since the final events in the den, weeks of calm and quiet, just broken by the fears caused by Grandpa's lapses.†   (source)
  • James Taggart held an empty champagne glass in his hand and noticed the haste with which Balph Eubank waved at a passing waiter, as if the waiter were guilty of an unpardonable lapse.†   (source)
  • There's a ten minute time lapse.†   (source)
  • That was how he got his name of Corin Thunder-Fist; and how he performed his great exploit against the Lapsed Bear of Stormness, which was really a Talking Bear but had gone back to Wild Bear habits.†   (source)
  • They lapsed into silence, Wilson comparing his pipe clouds, Alfred slouching in the porch chair.†   (source)
  • He may fail in wisdom, he may lapse in civic virtue.†   (source)
  • Many of the errors they find are not grammatical but lapses in common sense in constructing sentences, such as one heard on a radio station in the early 1990s: France is considering a 7T7campaign for condoms that will last until 1992.†   (source)
  • People say things, and then they lapse, but, between your oath and my health, I think I can tell you.†   (source)
  • Finally, she apologized for the momentary lapse.†   (source)
  • It's a nest of lapsed bats here.†   (source)
  • They all mourned Rocky that way, by slipping, lapsing into the plans he had for college and for his football career.†   (source)
  • Lapse into brogue.†   (source)
  • All of a sudden I realized that Merle had changed, slowly, occasionally lapsing into his old ways, but nevertheless changed; I couldn't help but wonder when the softness had begun.†   (source)
  • A year later the husband lapsed into total silence and the only sounds which could be heard from his quarters were barkings and later on the cluck of hens.†   (source)
  • As mysteriously as he'd let his visa lapse, he found he could do nothing about it.†   (source)
  • For I should say that I know from experience that the bearing of those in extreme circumstances can sometimes be untoward and even shocking, and we must try our best to understand what is actual and essential to a person, and what is by any indication anomalous, a momentary lapse that is better forgotten than considered time and time again, to little avail.†   (source)
  • "You mean on account of her lapses," Amanda said.†   (source)
  • There is always a time lapse before I am sure exactly what it is I feel.†   (source)
  • "That gives me a nice, warm feeling," Leamas retorted and lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • Then I lapsed into total delirium.†   (source)
  • He lost no time in taking advantage of what he most likely perceived as a momentary lapse of sanity and rushed out of the room.†   (source)
  • He lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • An hour ago (he looks at his watch, prosaic) roughly (lyrical) after having poured forth even since (he hesitates, prosaic) say ten o'clock in the morning (lyrical) tirelessly torrents of red and white light it begins to lose its effulgence, to grow pale (gesture of the two hands lapsing by stages) pale, ever a little paler, a little paler until (dramatic pause, ample gesture of the two hands flung wide apart) pppfff!†   (source)
  • He was full of these delightful lapses from orthodoxy.†   (source)
  • Within a short time he lapsed into familiarity, forgetting I was once white.†   (source)
  • It took a while to receive the on-site input, and then there was another time lapse before the response movements reached the telefactor.†   (source)
  • Yet there was no discernible lapse in coordination or locomotion.†   (source)
  • Then extravagance grew frenzied, encouraged by this lapse, and I could not stop myself from taking out two more annas to buy another cart.†   (source)
  • The lapse must have endured for a solid minute or two, and afterwards he could recollect it.†   (source)
  • She lapsed back upon the few remaining remnants of chemical mist.†   (source)
  • The shoemaker, after a time, managed to say, "I pay wages in cash, Sobel," and lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • If you're going to have a lapse in control, I can think of a better place for it.†   (source)
  • At first he thought he had lapsed into delirium.†   (source)
  • They lapsed back into quiet, the only sounds those of the engine and the bumps of the road.†   (source)
  • She didn't respond, immediately lapsing into silence.†   (source)
  • Sorry, I'm kind of havin' a memory lapse—ya know, we have those a lot around here.†   (source)
  • Around three he had lapsed into a bout of useless screaming.†   (source)
  • We lapsed back into silence as we finished eating.†   (source)
  • These lapses in memory seemed far from harmless to him.†   (source)
  • Though I was desperate to be sure that he was safe, I could not afford any lapse in focus now.†   (source)
  • She lapsed into "melancholia," a sweet name for depression.†   (source)
  • In the morning, the storm had lapsed into a ceaseless, undramatic rain.†   (source)
  • Natalia had lapsed into deep shock and coma, dying before the series of errors could be corrected.†   (source)
  • The room lapsed into silence, broken only by the hum of machinery and a very faint beeping sound.†   (source)
  • Annie lapsed into a moody silence, staring into the corner.†   (source)
  • He had lapsed into his phony way of speaking when he wanted to be fancy or sarcastic.†   (source)
  • "He must be a hundred pounds!" he huffed before lapsing into awed silence.†   (source)
  • When we turned around and headed back into the black corridor, he lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • Lost in thought, Travis hadn't realized that the conversation had lapsed.†   (source)
  • The doors slid shut as Jordan lapsed into silence.†   (source)
  • You can, of course, charge Mr. Angelini with those lapses.†   (source)
  • Even the great Marse Robert is allowed an occasional lapse.†   (source)
  • Help me!" then lapsed into a final silence.†   (source)
  • I'd quit that, along with smoking-okay, with one lapse-and drinking— for the most part.†   (source)
  • We've got a twenty-minute time lapse starting at three-ten, night before last.†   (source)
  • For as old as they were, the kids didn't often lapse into bouts of nostalgia.†   (source)
  • He laughed a little, embarrassed by his lapse and feeling as if he had to explain himself.†   (source)
  • She was, as always, astonished that a security company had such basic lapses in its own operations.†   (source)
  • Now this was a daring thing, almost enough to make up for his earlier lapse of nerve.†   (source)
  • He watches his father lapse into private thought, into worries and plots.†   (source)
  • I haven't charged your client with those ....lapses as yet.†   (source)
  • He seemed to realize what he had said, and lapsed into an appalled silence.†   (source)
  • Mom sometimes seemed to lapse into a different dialect when one of her brothers was around.†   (source)
  • The papers hyped his seeming lapse of concentration.†   (source)
  • I guess you took the lapse to heart, sport.†   (source)
  • Yet he was charming and generous as well, so his lapses were forgiven.†   (source)
  • The chaplain nodded to himself as though deciding the argument and lapsed into embarrassed silence.†   (source)
  • As their examination lapsed into mysterious silence, Dr. Braden began to grumble.†   (source)
  • You would call a doctor at home to talk about memory lapse.†   (source)
  • Ser Glendon kicked him, and he lapsed back into silence.†   (source)
  • If every one with memory lapse called a doctor at home, what would we have?†   (source)
  • Your lapses have been all too apparent in the areas of deception and ethics.†   (source)
  • After their surprised greetings, Harriet had lapsed into an awkward silence.†   (source)
  • Time lapse on security cameras, Victim Three, thirty-three minutes less than Victim One.†   (source)
  • His ears spring up at the first sign of conflict or off-the-wire lapses and he scampers off.†   (source)
  • He lapsed into thought, trying to recall.†   (source)
  • But you weren't lying about memory lapses in general.†   (source)
  • They keep a wake from lapsing into comic pathos.†   (source)
  • To the best of my knowledge, Jack, I'm not taking anything that could account for my memory lapses.†   (source)
  • On the way home we talked about your memory lapses.†   (source)
  • Then my great drama, directed brilliantly for a time, lapsed into farce.†   (source)
  • Watch as you sleep, lest you lapse again into the fever.†   (source)
  • Then he lapsed back into his soft whistling.†   (source)
  • With this statement the class lapsed into a profound but uncertain silence.†   (source)
  • And she lapsed into her former habits, ceasing to think about the farm.†   (source)
  • It was already coming down again, with the sound of making up for the lapse that had just happened.†   (source)
  • So she has a history of such lapses!†   (source)
  • It was unfair, Zeitoun thought, how one lapse in eleven years could give his wife enough ammunition to needle him for the rest of his life.†   (source)
  • The regime itself took pains to cover up such former lapses from orthodoxy by the spouses of its elite.†   (source)
  • — but unfortunately slit-had now decided to forgive Harry this lapse of memory and was keen to have lots of in-depth chats with him about Ron's feelings, a most uncomfortable experience that Harry would have happily forgone.†   (source)
  • 'I'll be her friend as long as I don't have to borrow that cardigan,' Parvati whispered to Lavender, and both of them lapsed into silent giggles.†   (source)
  • Even before the stroke, he had already started withdrawing, falling into long, silent lapses, looking disconsolate.†   (source)
  • Cujo wagged his tail a little bit and came over to Gary to be patted, as if ashamed of his momentary lapse.†   (source)
  • Hermione lapsed into thoughtful silence, while Harry drank his butterbeer, watching the people in the pub. All of them looked cheerful and relaxed.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile Mrs. Huckaby, the woman I considered to be somewhat near fair and rational about the whole situation, had lapsed back into her attitude of trying to convince me there was nothing going on.†   (source)
  • "Okay," I said, cutting him off before he lapsed into cyberpukese, "but what are their "other projects"?"†   (source)
  • Lapses and failures could carelessly accrue over several days: a broom improperly stowed, a blanket folded with its label facing up, a starched collar in infinitesimal disarray, the bed castors not lined up and pointing inward, walking back down the ward empty-handed—all silently noted, until capacity was reached and then, if you had not read the signs, the wrath would come down as a shock.†   (source)
  • When Minny lapses into news about Miss Celia—"She sneaking upstairs, think I don't see her, but I know, that crazy lady up to something"—she always stops herself, the way Aibileen does when she speaks of Constantine.†   (source)
  • The questions continued, and she was able to get through ninety-four of them before she allowed herself to lapse.†   (source)
  • Thus, the merchant who gambles away his savings will hold on to his finer suits until they fray, and tell anecdotes from the halls of the private clubs where his membership has long since lapsed.†   (source)
  • His voice is low and still casual, but there's an undertone of force to it: the kind of voice street peddlers lapse into when they are trying to get you to buy a carton of bruised berries or a broken toy.†   (source)
  • I see Chava hobbleaway, two confused teenagers at his side, and as he vanishes into a flicker of neon, I hear the final tempo of the crazy life leave my body, the last song before the dying, lapsing forever out of mind as Chava disappears, enveloped in flames breaking through the asphalt, wrested into the black heart of night.†   (source)
  • As the two ladies lapsed into silence, I became aware of a conversation taking place sotto voce between a man and two women seated on the divan across from me.†   (source)
  • He was often distracted during his morning lessons, his concentration lapsing as he thought of the games they would play later, the stories they would tell each other.†   (source)
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