Only then, Santorum would later say, did it become “a pretty easy call” to induce labor and allow the pregnancy to lapse.
The transformation requires sustained effort: one that cannot lapse just because energy prices have collapsed.
President Obama's answer to the question is to rely heavily on the lapse of the Bush tax cuts and to shrink the defense budget.
mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.
early 15c., said to be from lapse (n.) or from Latin lapsare "to lose one's footing." Related: Lapsed; lapses; lapsing.