verb (used with object), laced, lac·ing.

verb (used without object), laced, lac·ing.

to be fastened with a lace: These shoes lace up the side.
to attack physically or verbally (often followed by into): The teacher laced into his students.

Nearby words

  1. laccadive islands,
  2. laccadive, minicoy, and amindivi islands,
  3. laccolite,
  4. laccolith,
  5. laccolitic,
  6. lace bug,
  7. lace glass,
  8. lace into,
  9. lace pillow,
  10. lace stay

Origin of lace

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English las < Old French laz, lasLatin laqueus noose; (v.) Middle English lasen < Middle French lacier, lasser, lachier (French lacer) ≪ Latin laqueāre to enclose in a noose, trap

Related formslace·like, adjectivelac·er, nounre·lace, verb, re·laced, re·lac·ing.well-laced, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lace into

lace into


(intr, preposition) to attack violently, either verbally or physically



a delicate decorative fabric made from cotton, silk, etc, woven in an open web of different symmetrical patterns and figures
a cord or string drawn through holes or eyelets or around hooks to fasten a shoe or garment
ornamental braid often used on military uniforms, etc
a dash of spirits added to a beverage


to fasten (shoes, etc) with a lace
(tr) to draw (a cord or thread) through holes, eyes, etc, as when tying shoes
(tr) to compress the waist of (someone), as with a corset
(tr) to add a small amount of alcohol or drugs to (food or drink)
(tr; usually passive and foll by with) to streak or mark with lines or coloursthe sky was laced with red
(tr) to intertwine; interlace
(tr) informal to give a sound beating to
See also lace into, lace up

Derived Formslacelike, adjectivelacer, noun

Word Origin for lace

C13 las, from Old French laz, from Latin laqueus noose

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Word Origin and History for lace into
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with lace into

lace into

Also, light into. Attack, assail, as in He laced into me for arriving late, or She lit into him for forgetting the tickets. The first of these colloquial terms employs lace in the sense of “beat up or thrash,” a usage dating from the late 1500s. The idiom with light dates from the late 1800s and stems from the verb meaning “descend.”

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