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But the lapse of a few months will confirm or dispel their fears.

It was not, however, before the lapse of several months that he succeeded.

Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an old book.

Only recently, after the lapse of years, did I learn the cause of their deserting me.

After the lapse of half an hour or so, the elder Chester, gaily dressed, went out.

Before the lapse of many minutes the party halted at the Maypole door.

Then they suffer and lapse into moral and physical degradation.

It was not until after the lapse of fifteen years that these facts were disclosed.

I was thankful that my lapse from duty had been of no longer duration.

After the lapse of some months, in which Philip had not been seen at Sulby, she wrote him a letter.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.

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