Definitions

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  • v. To consume by lapping
  • v. To revel in, to overtly enjoy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take up (drink or food) with the tongue; to drink by licking up.
  • transitive v. To accept or enjoy enthusiatically and uncritically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take up with the tongue

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Examples

  • Pedro (1360-1369), and the misfortunes which then befell them arose partly from the prevalent view that they availed themselves of their power to lap up the people's possessions with their tax-farming, and partly from their constant loyalty to Don Pedro's cause, during the civil war which broke out between him and Don Henry.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Standing nearby watching a pair of baryeln lap up the moist plant mash Ebbanai had just dumped in their stalls, Flinx idly stroked the back of Pip’s head with one hand as he spoke.

    Running from the Deity

  • It is only to the good of the one with the knife, and those who by weight of numbers but not reason dictate what is the good of allthose cheering him on so they might lap up any drop of blood their masters miss.

    Men Don't Leave Me

  • In an age and culture where women largely fell all over themselves to lap up the very small amount of approval that was smeared on the concrete by the soles of the feet of powerful capitalists, patriarchs, and run-of-the-mill priests, Barr stepped up to irritate and insist instead that the owners of those feet kiss her very large, dynamic, and disagreeably combatant ass.

    Roseanne Archy

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  • "Lapping up a word, I get the feeling that my mind just doesn't exist for the world." – Oswald Wiener, die verbesserund des mitteleuropa, tr. Joachim Neugroschel, quoted in Christopher Middleton, Bolshevism in Art (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1978), p. 13.

    December 1, 2007