land in someone's lap

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of land in someone's lap

informal
: to come to a person suddenly in an unexpected way even though he or she did not try to get it
  • This wonderful new job just landed in my lap when I was least expecting it!

Word by Word Definitions

land play
  1. : the solid part of the surface of the earth

  2. : ground or soil of a specified situation, nature, or quality

  3. : the surface of the earth and all its natural resources

  1. : to set or put on shore from a ship : disembark

  2. : to set down after conveying

  3. : to cause to reach or come to rest in a particular place

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

lap play
  1. : a loose overlapping or hanging panel or flap especially of a garment

  2. : the skirt of a coat or dress

  3. : the clothing that lies on the knees, thighs, and lower part of the trunk when one sits

  1. : to fold over or around something : wind

  2. : to envelop entirely : swathe

  3. : to fold over especially into layers

  1. : the amount by which one object overlaps or projects beyond another

  2. : the part of an object that overlaps another

  3. : a smoothing and polishing tool usually consisting of a piece of wood, leather, felt, or soft metal in a special shape used with or without an embedded abrasive

  1. : to take in food or drink with the tongue

  2. : to make a gentle intermittent splashing sound

  3. : to move in little waves : wash

  1. : an act or instance of lapping

  2. : the amount that can be carried to the mouth by one lick or scoop of the tongue

  3. : a thin or weak beverage or food


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