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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Language: Old English
Origin: leathor

lather

1 noun
     
la‧ther1 [singular, uncountable]
1D a white mass of bubbles produced by mixing soap in water
2HBA a white mass that forms on a horse's skin when it has been sweating [= foam]
3

get in a lather

also work yourself into a lather informal to get very anxious or upset about something:
By the time Alan called, Jody had worked herself into a lather.
4

in a lather

very worried, upset, or excited:
He was in a lather of anticipation.
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