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"lapse into sth" in British English

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lapse into sth

phrasal verb with lapse uk   us   /læps/ verb [I]

lapse into sth (LESS ACTIVE)

to ​startspeaking or ​behaving in a less ​active or ​acceptable way: No one could ​think of anything more to say, and the ​meetinglapsed into silence.

lapse into sth (WORSE)

to ​gradually get into a ​worsestate or ​condition: He ​lapsed into a ​coma and ​died four ​dayslater.
(Definition of lapse into sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lapse into sth

phrasal verb with lapse uk   us   /læps/ verb [I]
to gradually get into a worse ​state or ​condition: It seems likely that some of these countries will ​lapse into ​economic and ​political chaos. The ​financeministerdismissedreports that the ​economy was ​lapsing into ​recession.
(Definition of lapse into sth from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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