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noun     lap pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] the top half of your legs above your knees when you sit down
    on/in someone’s lap:

    The cat settled on Christine’s lap.

    He sat with his hands clasped in his lap.

  2. 2
    [countable] one complete turn around a course in a race

    The race is twelve laps of a seven-mile circuit.

    See also lap of honour
  3. 3
    [singular] a part of a long journey, especially after a stop

    They caught a taxi for the next lap of their journey.



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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