In the lap of luxury

In the lap of luxury is an idiom with an uncertain origin. We will examine the meaning of the common saying in the lap of luxury, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

In the lap of luxury describes being in a situation of great comfort and great wealth. The image is of one being cozy in an opulent situation. The expression in the lap of luxury is an idiom that came into use at the beginning of the 1800s, but its exact origin is unknown. It may have been a metaphor that was used in a forgotten newspaper article, novel, or play.

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Examples

The fortunate feline went from not having a home of his own, to living in the lap of luxury with Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman. (Taste of Country Magazine)

Fisher loved to document the way her family and friends all lived in the lap of luxury but still tended to make such unholy messes of their lives, sometimes literally, as when her brother, Todd, found a hidden family gun and accidentally shot himself in the thigh, spraying Debbie Reynolds’s whole white-on-white movie star bedroom with blood. (Jacobin Magazine)

Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber ensured they were living in the lap of luxury for their camping trip to a national park in Utah. (Daily Mail)

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