lapse into

phrasal verb

lapsed into; lapsing into; lapses into
: to begin using or doing (something that should be avoided) for a short period of time
He's a good writer, but he occasionally lapses into jargon.
: to begin to be in (a worse or less active state or condition)
The crowd lapsed into silence.
The patient lapsed into a coma.
The society lapsed into decline.

Examples of lapse into in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mujahideen who took over after the… Afghanistan Unbound Two and a half years after the fall of the Taliban, Afghanistan is once more lapsing into bloody chaos. Kathy Gannon, Foreign Affairs, 9 July 2024 If a candidate for governor or Congress or the state legislature were to put on a public display of confusion lapsing into incoherence in a debate, party leaders would intervene before voters delivered a firm rebuke on Election Day. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 6 July 2024 Occasionally the film lapses into melodramatic excess. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 June 2024 Perry had high levels of ketamine in his blood, likely lapsed into unconsciousness and then went under water, according to the autopsy. Nadine El-Bawab, ABC News, 26 June 2024 The Honda Pilot was a segment standout for many years before lapsing into the status quo. James Raia, The Mercury News, 9 June 2024 Such collections mainly host stars around 10 billion years old—yet magnetars are thought to endure for only 10,000 years or so before lapsing into more sedate neutron stars. Adam Mann, Scientific American, 22 Nov. 2021 Unlike all his predecessors going back to Franklin Roosevelt, Trump appears to be an inveterate isolationist who occasionally lapses into martial fantasies about exterminating terrorists. Jonathan Kay, Foreign Affairs, 15 Aug. 2017 The former mayor, who was a powerful booster for Los Angeles while in City Hall, at one point lapsed into a familiar riff about where to go to see the future, except this time, India — and not Los Angeles — was the destination in question. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024

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“Lapse into.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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