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lapse
used in The Great Gatsby

2 uses
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Definition
a change in behavior or state—usually undesired such as a temporary failure
The exact meaning of this sense of lapse is often subject to its context:
  • basic example that simply indicates an undesired change in behavior — "lapsed into alcoholism"
  • example indicating that the change was short-term and due to a failure (often of effort or diligence) — "a lapse in judgment"
  • example indicating return to a previous undesired behavior or state — "lapsed into her old bad habits"
  • examples indicating a change in what was occurring where the change is not necessarily negative — "There was a lapse in the conversation," or "She stopped talking as she lapsed into her own internal world."
  • 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.
    p. 69.9
lapsed = changed behavior or state
  • 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.
    p. 115.0
lapsed = changed behavior or state
There are no more uses of "lapse" in The Great Gatsby.

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