1. to drink alcohol, esp. greedily.
|Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 21: Up he rose in a funk, lapp’d a toothful of brandy, / And to it again.|
|New and Improved Flash Dict.|
|O.V.H. II 110: The latter lapped his third go of cold gin at the bar of the Greyhound.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Apr. 9/4: We know where there is some grand whisky in a keg—shoulder arms and we’ll lap it.|
|‘’Arry’s Spring Thoughts’ in Punch 17 Apr. 185: And ’aving jest landed a race, I was lapping a bottle of fizz.|
|‘’Arry on Wheels’ in Punch 7 May 217/2: We lap up a rare lot of lotion [...] in our spins out of town.|
|Sporting Times 4 Mar. 1/4: He was told ’twas labelled ‘poison,’ which but strengthened his belief / That some brand of whisky therein was on tap; / For with many ’twas a dodge to frighten off a would-be thief / Who might otherwise the precious liquor lap.‘Deceptive Labels’|
|Awfully Big Adventure 120: Lord knows why I should have been rammed up in bed while all you pirates lapped up bubbly and made a night of it.‘Narrative of Commander W.D. Hornby’ in|
|Georgie May 63: Lazing aroun’ [...] and lapping booze.|
|Spanish Blood (1946) 165: He lapped up too much corn getting set for the job.‘Nevada Gas’ in|
|Iceman Cometh Act IV: I’ve lapped up a gallon, but it don’t hit me right.|
|You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Lapping: Quaffing beer in vigorous fashion.|
|An Air That Kills (2016) 344: Poor old galloway, sitting down there [...] while we’re up here lapping up his liquor.|
2. (UK Und.) to take, to steal.
|Vocabulum 50: lap [...] pick it up; to take; to steal.|
3. to enjoy greatly; usu. as lap it up.
|’Arry Ballads 62: I lap lemon-squash.|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 30 Oct. 14/4: They must love something, so they lavish their affection on this large, soft infant. It is ‘Hand me my manuscript, darling,’ and ‘You may have my theory-book, dear,’ and ‘Are you going into Interpretation, duckie?’ And Tom laps it up.|
|Teen-Age Mafia 5: Feeding his line to the kids who lounged around the joint. They were lapping it up.|
|White with Wire Wheels (1973) 89: Boy, is she lapping it up!|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 69: She stirred just ever so little it was but she knew I was lapping it up.East in|
|Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 120: I lap it up.West in|
|Powder 50: Go at it, head down, live fast, lap it up.|
|Indep. Rev. 21 Jan. 5: They will just lap it up.|
4. to perform cunnilingus [note lap n.1 /cunt-lapper n.].
|Alfie II ii: lacey: Where’d you lap it up, mate? lofty: I didn’t lap it up. I gave the young lady a lift from Sheffield.|
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 100: Completely de-vodca’ed and all lapped out and licked cleaner than Lassie’s plate of Red Heart, Magda sagged against my chest.|
|Workin’ It 219: I had this bitch lap up on this pussy.|
5. to be very fond of.
|Trainspotting 85: Dinnae git us wrong, ah lap the cunt up.|
SE in slang uses
to drink; to get drunk.
|London Standard 13 Dec. 3/3: When he has lapped the Gutter, and Got the Gravel Rash [...] not till then is he entitled, in vulgar society, to the title of Lushington, or recommended to Put in the Pin.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
|Sun (NY) 5 Mar. 4/6: He has got the gravel rash [...] he has lapped the gutter.|