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.

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“Lapse into.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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