lap of the gods, in the

Beyond one's control, in the hands of providence. For example, She's done what she can to expedite matters; now it's in the lap of the gods. This expression is a translation from Homer's Iliad, in which Automedon, the charioteer of Achilles and Patroclos, said the battle's outcome was “in the lap of the gods.” Lap of the gods has also been translated as knees of the gods.


Nearby words

  1. lap dog,
  2. lap joint,
  3. lap link,
  4. lap of honour,
  5. lap of luxury, in the,
  6. lap robe,
  7. lap up,
  8. lap-chart,
  9. lap-size,
  10. lapactic

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