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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
lot
I.pronoun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a lot more
▪ She cares a lot more for her dogs than she does for me.
a lot more
▪ He travels around a lot more now that he has a car.
a lot of controversy
▪ There's been a lot of controversy about the term 'victim'.
a lot of fun (also lots of fun)
▪ The kids had a lot of fun singing and dancing.
a lot of interest
▪ There has been a lot of interest in the story.
a lot of nonsense (=things that are completely untrue)
▪ ‘Don’t fill her head with a lot of nonsense,’ said her mother.
a lot
▪ There were a lot of people at the party.
An awful lot of (=a large number of people)
An awful lot of people died in the war.
cost a lot
▪ Their hair products are really good but they cost a lot.
cost money/cost a lot of money
▪ Good food doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
do a lot for sth (=have a good effect on something)
▪ The new leisure centre has done a lot for the town’s image.
got a lot on...mind (=a lot of problems to worry about)
▪ Sorry I forgot. I’ve got a lot on my mind at the moment.
had a lot in common with
▪ I found I had a lot in common with these people.
have a lot of curiosity
▪ Bright children often have a lot of curiosity.
have a lot/too much to lose (=used to say that you could make your situation much worse)
▪ These youngsters know they have too much to lose by protesting against the system.
have great/deep/a lot of etc admiration
▪ She always had great admiration for people who could speak so many languages.
little/a lot of/no persuading
▪ He took a lot of persuading to come out of retirement it was hard to persuade him.
lost a lot of blood
▪ He’s lost a lot of blood but his life is not in danger.
matter a lot/a great deal
▪ It mattered a great deal to her what other people thought of her.
meant a lot to
▪ The medal meant a lot to him.
much/a lot less
▪ It costs much less to go by bus.
much/a lot/far better
▪ We now have a much better understanding of the disease.
much/a lot/far less
▪ Social class matters a lot less than it used to.
much/a lot/far more
▪ Diane earns a lot more than I do.
much/a lot/far more
▪ Children generally feel much more confident working in groups.
much/a lot/far worse
▪ Conditions were much worse in rural areas.
not a lot/much/many etc (=only a few, only a little etc)
▪ Not much is known about the disease.
▪ Not many people have read the report.
owe sb a lot/owe sb a great deal
▪ ‘I owe my parents a lot,’ he admitted.
parking lot
seeing a lot of
▪ They’ve been seeing a lot of each other.
Thanks a lot
Thanks a lot for the drink.
There’s a lot of it about
▪ I hope she hasn’t caught flu. There’s a lot of it about.
vacant lot (=empty unused area of land in a city)
▪ There was only a vacant lot where her house used to be.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(a) fat lot of good/use
▪ A fat lot of good it did me!
▪ Frederick Bissett was a member of the Institute of Professional Scientists, and a fat lot of good that did him.
▪ Getting the pound down was what Labour governments did with metronomic regularity. Fat lot of good it did them.
a lot/something/not much etc to be said for (doing) sth
a whole lot
▪ A.. There are some people whose physical and mental age is a whole lot younger than their nominal age.
▪ For every winner, there's a loser - or a whole lot of them, more likely.
▪ He wouldn't tell me a whole lot about what the countries were like, because he didn't know himself.
▪ However, it did not take a whole lot of time to qualify my actions.
▪ Inwardly he is a whole lot more.
▪ It was a whole lot better than the old pineapple.
▪ Now, doesn't that sound a whole lot more exciting than the next Prodigy video?
▪ Probably in the early afternoon, when visitors look a whole lot less suspicious.
a whole lot (of sth)
▪ A.. There are some people whose physical and mental age is a whole lot younger than their nominal age.
▪ All parties suffered, yet it was difficult to generate a whole lot of pity for any of them.
▪ Being a real ex-Commie used to be a badge of honor among a whole lot of righties.
▪ He and the son have a whole lot sticking in their craw.
▪ He wouldn't tell me a whole lot about what the countries were like, because he didn't know himself.
▪ I said a whole lot of other stuff and I ended up getting severely told off.
▪ In reality, of course, it stands for something a whole lot less fierce-sounding - simply one's partner in life.
▪ Slick graphics slides can cost a whole lot more.
bad lot/sort/type
▪ And yes, I know, even as a spectator, I was condoning the worst sort of behavior.
▪ But maybe that is the worst sort of wishful thinking.
▪ Domestic violence is insanity of the worst sort.
▪ He was a bad lot and it was just one of those things.
▪ I left to live with a boyfriend, who turned out to be a bad lot.
▪ If so, San Diego was among the worst of a bad lot.
▪ If they do not, they will be guilty of the worst sort of hypocrisy.
▪ The city's school system, among the worst of a bad lot through the state, is full of squabbling.
draw lots/straws
▪ Did you ever draw straws when you were a kid?
▪ It is a curious turn around from the days when bondholders pleased to be bought out and were driving to drawing lots!
▪ She took it thoughtfully like some one choosing a straw when drawing lots.
▪ The players alternate between the white and black pieces and draw lots to determine who plays white in today's first game.
▪ Then we drew lots to decide the order in which we should improvise, night by night.
▪ They drew lots to decide which should first seize his lady, and fortune favored Ephialtes.
▪ They also took turns administering the city-state, drawing lots to settle who would take on which job.
have a lot going for you
▪ With her brains and good looks, she certainly has a lot going for her.
▪ Human travel agents, paper guidebooks and newspaper ads still have a lot going for them.
have a lot of/no time for sb/sth
▪ Quite honestly I don't have a lot of time for any of them.
have a lot to answer for
▪ That sister of yours has an awful lot to answer for.
have a lot to say for yourself
have a lot/enough on your plate
▪ Beckham may have enough on his plate attempting to recapture his early-season form without being burdened with any extra responsibilities.
have nothing/not much/a lot etc going for sb/sth
job lot
▪ Even kitchen utensils are being sold along with a job lot of washing machines, dryers and ironing machines for £200.
▪ He would, he said, take care of film and theatre reviews as a job lot if he got free tickets.
▪ I've still got 300 sets left over from that job lot I got the other Christmas.
leave a lot/sth/much to be desired
▪ Bob's idea of a balanced diet left something to be desired.
▪ His treatment of capital and profits left much to be desired.
▪ On the campaign trail, his oratorical skills have left much to be desired.
▪ On theoretical grounds, however, it leaves much to be desired.
▪ The quality of research in the area of child abuse still leaves much to be desired.
▪ To some degree they have been hampered by courses of study and lesson plans thai leave something to be desired.
▪ While the woodwind and low strings were reasonably well replicated, the violins, timpani and brass left much to be desired.
▪ Yet, as a match, it left something to be desired.
love (from sb)/lots of love/all my love
make a (lot of) noise about sth
▪ Apparently Bradford is interested in having it and Bristol has also made noises about it.
▪ I made noises about the absence of a bank in this so-called international airport; but what choice did I have?
▪ It was extended, but the Provisionals continued to make noises about renewing the violence.
▪ Kirchberg is where the peace and quiet is worth making a noise about.
quite a lot/bit/few
▪ A better day today, Miss Lavant wrote in her diary, quite a bit of sunshine.
▪ By no means, Watson; even now quite a few scientists continue to doubt.
▪ I lived quite a lot of my early childhood at the Thompsons' house behind a shop on Harehills Parade.
▪ Obviously, you have to wear quite a lot of protective clothing to minimise the risk of getting injured.
▪ Over 296 pages, Fallows cites quite a few.
▪ The man looks prosperous, like quite a few men.
▪ There's quite a bit of noise coming from the kitchens.
▪ There has been quite a lot of talk recently about adding enzymes to help the carp digest our sophisticated carp baits.
take a lot out of you/take it out of you
thanks a lot
▪ "I forgot to bring your money." "Well, thanks a lot!"
▪ Gee, thanks a lot for saving me from Madonna in the morning.
▪ Hey, thanks a lot, Wyatt.
the best of a bad lot/bunch
the whole lot
▪ And the whole lot smelt - a pervasive stench of damp and mildew.
▪ Do you read the whole lot, or read the first one and the last one and guess the rest?
▪ For a moment Clare felt like telling him not to bother, just chuck the whole lot away.
▪ Haven't got two original ideas to rub together between the whole lot of them.
▪ I was there to cover the whole lot, newly assigned as city reporter for the Nogales International.
▪ It must be the whole lot of them, the whole flock and there were hundreds in the field.
▪ Of course, we could sell the whole lot without the trouble of hanging them.
whole lot
▪ A whole lot of meat went down those hungry throats.
▪ All parties suffered, yet it was difficult to generate a whole lot of pity for any of them.
▪ However, it did not take a whole lot of time to qualify my actions.
▪ I done buried a whole lot of people, but she the first one I ever wondered about.
▪ It was in weather like this that she had an urge to take the scissors and cut the whole lot off.
▪ Me, I've got to wire the whole lot in.
▪ Probably in the early afternoon, when visitors look a whole lot less suspicious.
▪ The whole lot is then regurgitated and given to mugs to drink.
would give anything/a lot/your right arm etc for sth
II.noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Lot fifteen was a box of old books.
▪ Bring that lot over here, will you?
▪ Don't take any notice of that lot, they're just ignorant.
▪ I don't like her new friends - they're a snobbish lot.
▪ Keeler is the best player of the lot.
▪ Right lads, let's pick up this lot and go home.
▪ She handed me a bag of old clothes. "Could you take this lot to the charity shop for me?''
▪ She seems happy enough with her lot in life.
▪ The car stopped outside a used car lot at the end of the street.
▪ We've got another lot of visitors coming this weekend.
▪ We used to play baseball in the vacant lot.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lot

Lot \Lot\ (l[o^]t), n. [AS. hlot; akin to hle['o]tan to cast lots, OS. hl[=o]t lot, D. lot, G. loos, OHG. l[=o]z, Icel. hlutr, Sw. lott, Dan. lod, Goth. hlauts. Cf. Allot, Lotto, Lottery.]

  1. That which happens without human design or forethought; chance; accident; hazard; fortune; fate.

    But save my life, which lot before your foot doth lay.
    --Spenser.

  2. Anything (as a die, pebble, ball, or slip of paper) used in determining a question by chance, or without man's choice or will; as, to cast or draw lots.

    The lot is cast into the lap, but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
    --Prov. xvi. 3

  3. If we draw lots, he speeds.
    --Shak.

    3. The part, or fate, which falls to one, as it were, by chance, or without his planning.

    O visions ill foreseen! Each day's lot's Enough to bear.
    --Milton.

    He was but born to try The lot of man -- to suffer and to die.
    --Pope.

  4. A separate portion; a number of things taken collectively; all objects sold in a single purchase transaction; as, a lot of stationery; -- colloquially, sometimes of people; as, a sorry lot; a bad lot.

    I, this winter, met with a very large lot of English heads, chiefly of the reign of James I.
    --Walpole.

  5. A distinct portion or plot of land, usually smaller than a field; as, a building lot in a city.

    The defendants leased a house and lot in the city of New York.
    --Kent.

  6. A large quantity or number; a great deal; as, to spend a lot of money; to waste a lot of time on line; lots of people think so. [Colloq.]

    He wrote to her . . . he might be detained in London by a lot of business.
    --W. Black.

  7. A prize in a lottery. [Obs.]
    --Evelyn.

    To cast in one's lot with, to share the fortunes of.

    To cast lots, to use or throw a die, or some other instrument, by the unforeseen turn or position of which, an event is by previous agreement determined.

    To draw lots, to determine an event, or make a decision, by drawing one thing from a number whose marks are concealed from the drawer.

    To pay scot and lot, to pay taxes according to one's ability. See Scot.

Lot

Lot \Lot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lotting.] To allot; to sort; to portion. [R.]

To lot on or To lot upon, to count or reckon upon; to expect with pleasure. [Colloq. U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
lot

Old English hlot "object (anything from dice to straw, but often a chip of wood with a name inscribed on it) used to determine someone's share," also "what falls to a person by lot," from Proto-Germanic *khlutom (cognates: Old Norse hlutr "lot, share," Old Frisian hlot "lot," Old Saxon hlot, Middle Dutch, Dutch lot, Old High German hluz "share of land," German Los; Old English hleotan "to cast lots, to foretell"), of unknown origin. The object was placed with others in a receptacle, which was shaken, the winner being the one that fell out first. Hence, to cast lots. In some cases the lots were drawn by hand. The word was adopted from Germanic into the Romanic languages (compare lottery, lotto). Meaning "choice resulting from the casting of lots" first attested c.1200.\n

\nSense of "plot of land" is first recorded 1630s (distribution of the best property in new settlements often determined by casting lots), that of "group, collection" is 1725, from notion of auction lots. The generalized sense of "great many" is first attested in 1812. To cast (one's) lot with another is to agree to share winnings.

Wiktionary
lot

n. A large quantity or number; a great deal. vb. 1 (context transitive dated English) To allot; to sort; to apportion. 2 (context US informal dated English) To count on or reckon on (''on'' or ''upon'').

WordNet
lot
  1. n. (often followed by `of') a large number or amount or extent; "a batch of letters"; "a deal of trouble"; "a lot of money"; "he made a mint on the stock market"; "it must have cost plenty" [syn: batch, deal, flock, good deal, great deal, hatful, heap, mass, mess, mickle, mint, muckle, peck, pile, plenty, pot, quite a little, raft, sight, slew, spate, stack, tidy sum, wad, whole lot, whole slew]

  2. a parcel of land having fixed boundaries; "he bought a lot on the lake"

  3. your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you); "whatever my fortune may be"; "deserved a better fate"; "has a happy lot"; "the luck of the Irish"; "a victim of circumstances"; "success that was her portion" [syn: fortune, destiny, fate, luck, circumstances, portion]

  4. any collection in its entirety; "she bought the whole caboodle" [syn: bunch, caboodle]

  5. an unofficial association of people or groups; "the smart set goes there"; "they were an angry lot" [syn: set, circle, band]

  6. anything (straws or pebbles etc.) taken or chosen at random; "the luck of the draw"; "they drew lots for it" [syn: draw]

  7. (Old Testament) nephew of Abraham; God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah but chose to spare Lot and his family who were told to flee without looking back at the destruction

  8. [also: lotting, lotted]

lot
  1. v. divide into lots, as of land, for example

  2. administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone" [syn: distribute, administer, mete out, deal, parcel out, dispense, shell out, deal out, dish out, allot, dole out]

  3. [also: lotting, lotted]

Wikipedia
Lot (department)

Lot (; ) is a department in the southwest of France named after the Lot River.

Lot

Lot or lots may refer to:

  • Lot (unit), a unit of mass
  • Land lot, an area of land
  • Parking lot, for automobiles
  • Lot number, in batch production
  • Backlot, in movie production
  • Sortition (drawing lots)
    • Cleromancy, divination by casting lots
  • Lot, a set of goods for sale together in an auction; or a quantity of a financial instrument
  • "Lot", a story by Ward Moore
  • Arabian lots, or Arabic parts, an astrological divination technique

LOT may refer to:

  • LOT Polish Airlines, the flag carrier airline for Poland
  • Lewis University Airport, Illinois, United States
  • Language of thought, a philosophical hypothesis
  • The LOT Network Solution, a membership organization to avoid patent litigation

LOTS may refer to:

  • London Omnibus Traction Society, a bus society
  • Legend of the Seeker, a television series based on novels in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
Lot (biblical person)

Lot (; ) was a patriarch in the biblical Book of Genesis chapters 11–14 and 19. Notable episodes in his life include his travels with his uncle Abram ( Abraham), his flight from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, during which Lot's wife became a pillar of salt, and the seduction by his daughters so that they could bear children.

Lot (river)

The Lot, , originally the Olt (; ), is a river in France. It is a right tributary of the Garonne. It rises in the Cévennes, flowing west through Quercy, where it flows into the Garonne near Aiguillon, a total distance of . It gives its name to the department of Lot.

The Lot is prone to flooding in the winter and spring.

Lot (unit)

A lot is an old unit of weight used in many European countries since the Middle Ages until the beginning of the 20th century. Most often it was defined as either or of a pound (or more precisely of whatever mass value one local pound had at the time). Recorded values range from 10 to 50 grams.

Usage examples of "lot".

Bill had spent a lot of his childhood in country towns, I think that moulded his attitudes to Aboriginal people.

I can assure you I have quite a lot at my disposal all kinds of different spells fee faw fums, mumbo jumbos, abraxas, love potions, he glanced quickly at the queen here and added, though I see you have no need of the last of those, having a very beautiful wife whom you love to distraction.

I had all the clothing, body armor, abseil kit, the lot, and the weapons that any member of the assault group would be taking, and there was Fat Boy, who was dressed up in the kit.

It goes on just about every personnel form he fills out, lots of people in the company have access to it -human resources, payroll, and, obviously, the outside travel agency.

Lots and Lots of pits and craters in his cheeks, from terrible acne when he was young.

As I crossed the road to the Chandler House, I could see that Daniel was talking to Aden in the parking lot.

I talked to him about my adolescence, and a lot about the massage parlors.

There are lots of talented students who will help you develop your artwork, logos and advertising materials.

In his afterword, Dave Drake will have a lot more to say about this story.

But when you realize that arterial aging affects a lot more than the arteries going to your heart, the importance of arterial health becomes clearer.

Probably wowed a lot of women in the aikido class during his discussions of Taoism.

She had the broad features common to the Akka people and the broad shoulders of a woman who has tackled a lot of reindeer, and it was hard to tell whether she contemplated those dogs with such an avid gaze because they looked fit to serve her, or to be eaten for supper.

The Akka woman spoke sharply, and the people quieted, not without a lot of pinching and protests, so that Falling-down could go on.

We were always looking for tunes, because we were making lots of albums by then and every album you did needed fourteen songs, and then there were singles in between, so you needed a lot of material.

Pepper is always regarded as a drug album, the only member of the group really taking a lot of drugs was John.