Definition of 'lapse'
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Example sentences containing 'lapse'
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He has admitted to suffering from memory lapses. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And she earlier mysteriously switched outfits within seconds with no apparent time lapse in the plot. The Sun (2016)The lack of mobility, the criminal lapses in concentration. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It was yet another dreadful defensive lapse by Palace. The Sun (2017)One lapse in concentration, one moment of complacency, can ruin a career. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The Chelsea boss vowed to overcome the reputation of the 32million deadline day signing for dangerous lapses in concentration. The Sun (2016)Spurs were in complete control of the second half but they were made to pay for a few lapses of concentration in the opening half-hour or so. The Sun (2016)Presumably because he is considered to be a busy and important man and, consequently, such memory lapses are only to be expected. The Sun (2016)Because it might make the slightest memory lapse a cause for alarm. The Sun (2009)This lapse in memory increases the sense of panic. TUNNEL VISIONS: Journeys of an Underground Philosopher (2001) Temporary human memory lapses do occur and it is possible that this happens for the same reasons. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Her frank comments about their moral lapses did not go down well. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But this looks like the disclosure lapse of all time. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It was a rare lapse for a banker who prides himself on his networking finesse. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We should have made it two or three but one lapse of concentration cost us. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Many in the art world have met him but suffer memory lapses when pressed for details. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This was not a momentary lapse of judgment. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This made me flinch and caused me to have a momentary lapse in concentration. Times, Sunday Times (2013) Memory lapses should not have a significant effect on your daily life. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But it failed because of the lapse of time involved. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Maybe it was just a lapse in concentration. The Sun (2011)And we all suffer odd memory lapses. The Sun (2009)It constituted a critical lapse in judgment and a personal failure on my part. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Regulatory approval is taking so long that the present deal terms will almost certainly lapse at the end of the year. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Anybody who has tried to follow a rigorous diet will know how easy it is to lapse back into bad habits. Times, Sunday Times (2016)We spent a lot of time working on set-pieces and one little lapse of concentration cost us. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Then it was the visitors' turn to have a defensive lapse. The Sun (2016)A nuclear power plant worker faces great personal danger when she uncovers serious lapses in safety standards. The Sun (2006)A spokesman said it appeared that a lapse in concentration caused the crash. The Sun (2007)Until the end, when he lapsed again, and gave us ten minutes on crayfish. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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Translations for 'lapse'
British English: lapse NOUN
A lapse is a moment or instance of bad behaviour by someone who usually behaves well.
On Friday he showed neither decency nor dignity. It was an uncommon lapse.
British English: lapse VERB
If you lapse into a quiet or inactive state, you stop talking or being active.
She muttered something unintelligible and lapsed into silence.
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