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1‘Henry was sitting on his gran's lap’
knee, knees, thighs
1‘Nicky led the race for eight laps’
circuit, leg, stretch, tour, circle, revolution, round, part, portion, segment, section, stage, phase, step, loop
1‘she raced around the track, lapping some of the other runners’
overtake, overhaul, outstrip, outdistance, leave behind, pass, go past, get ahead of, pull ahead of
catch up with
2‘he was lapped in blankets’
wrap, swathe, cover, envelop, enfold, encase, wind, swaddle, twist, surround
1‘the sound of waves lapping against the sea wall’
splash, wash, swish, slap, slosh, break, purl
beat, strike, dash, surge, rush, ripple, roll, flow
2‘the dog lapped water out of a puddle’
drink, lick up, sip, sup, swallow, slurp, gulp, swill, suck
‘the result is in the lap of the gods now’
out of one's hands, beyond one's control, in the hands of fate, open to chance, not one's responsibility
‘Katie was living in the lap of luxury in Paris’
lead a very comfortable life, be very rich, want for nothing, live off the fat of the land
live the life of Riley
be on the pig's back
live high on the hog
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