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English definition of “lapse into sth”

lapse into sth

(LESS ACTIVE) phrasal verb with lapse     /læps/ verb [I]
to start speaking or behaving in a less active or acceptable way: No one could think of anything more to say, and the meeting lapsed into silence.Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of lapse into sth (LESS ACTIVE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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