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    Default Re: really true?

    Without looking at my dictionary, lap could mean:

    one round of a course -for example, "The racecar was on it's finsal lap"

    The table made by your legs when you sit down, "The cat went to sleep on her lap"

    To lick, "The dog lapped at the water"

    But it certainly doesn't mean "wrap."

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    Default Re: really true?

    I've found the American Heritage Dictionary has this entry for lap:

    To envelop in something; swathe: models who were lapped in expensive furs.

    http://www.bartleby.com/61/61/L0046100.html

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    Default Re: really true?

    tdol, what do you think?

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    I've never heard that meaning here in the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've never heard that meaning here in the UK.
    So, rare usage, but not wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've never heard that meaning here in the UK.
    So, rare usage, but not wrong?
    I've not heard that usage in North America. :? Hmm. I wonder if it's a semantic extention of lap up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've never heard that meaning here in the UK.
    So, rare usage, but not wrong?
    I've not heard that usage in North America. :? Hmm. I wonder if it's a semantic extention of lap up?
    I've never heard "lap" used in this sense either, but ...

    lap v 5 FOLD/WRAP < literary to fold or wrap something around something else lappingn [U] (from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary (????) Language

    :)

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    Waves lapping on the shore?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I've never heard that meaning here in the UK.
    So, rare usage, but not wrong?
    If it's in a dictionary, it has clearly been identified as a genuine usage, so it must be right. However, I wouldn't use it here as no one would understand it.

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    It seems that at least it's not one of those "Japlish" as Mr. Russell says. That's good. :)

    Thank you, teachers!

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