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lasc f ‎(genitive singular laisce, nominative plural lasca)

  1. lash; whip
    • 2010, Louis de Paor, Máistir Dána / Past Master, in agus rud eile de / and another thing, pages 17 (Irish) and 16 (English):
      Nuair a tharraing sé lasc
      gan choinne leis ar a dheasc
      tháinig allas amach tré bhoinn ár gcos,
      When he drew a lash of the baton
      on the desk without warning
      we could feel the sweat on the soles of our feet,
  2. switch
  3. (Gaelic football) punt


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lasc ‎(present analytic lascann, future analytic lascfaidh, verbal noun lascadh, past participle lasctha)

  1. lash, whip
  2. kick, strike
    • Máire Mhac an tSaoi, An Crann (The Tree), reprinted with an English translation in Declan Kiberd's Inventing Ireland, page 603:
      Thit an tóin as mo bholg
      is faoi mar a gheobhainn lascadh cic
      nó leacadar sna baotháin
      íon taom anbhainne isteach orm
      a dhein chomh lag san mé
      gurb ar éigin a bhí ardú na méire ionam
      as san go ceann trí lá.
      Paul Muldoon's version is as unbuttoned as the original:
      The bottom falling out of my belly
      as if I had got a kick[ing] up the arse
      or a punch in the kidneys.
      A fainting-fit coming over me
      that took the legs from under me
      and left me so zonked
      I could barely lift a finger
      till Wednesday.
  3. dash
  4. (with ann/as) switch (on/off)