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Language: Old English
Origin: hlot 'object used for making a choice by chance'

lot

2 noun
     
Related topics: Film, Trade
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1

group of people/things

[countable] a group of people or things considered together:
Could you help me carry this lot upstairs?
lot of
The last lot of people offered £70,000.
I did three lots of exams last summer.
Come on, you lot, hurry up!
His friends are a strange lot.
2

the lot

especially British English the whole of an amount or number of things, people etc:
We'll do everything - cooking, washing, ironing - the lot.
I can't believe you ate the whole lot.
I think that's the lot (=everything is included).
the lot of you/them/us (=all of you, them, or us)
Shut up, the lot of you!
3

somebody's situation

[singular] your lot is your work, duties, social position etc, especially when they could be better:
She seems happy enough with her lot.
The unions have always tried to improve the lot of their members.
4

land

[countable] especially American English an area of land used for building on or for another purpose:
the vacant lot (=empty land) behind the Commercial Hotel
a used-car lot
parking lot
5

film

[countable]AMF a building and the land surrounding it where films are made [= studio]:
the Universal Studios lot
6

thing to be sold

[countable]BBT something, or a group of things, that is sold at an auction:
Lot 54 is a Victorian lamp.
7

choosing

a)

by lot

if someone is chosen by lot, several people each take a piece of paper or an object from a container, and the person who is chosen is the one who gets a particular marked paper or object:
In Athens at that time, judges were chosen by lot.
b)

draw/cast lots

to choose something or someone by lot:
We drew lots to decide who should go first.
8

throw in/cast your lot with somebody/something

to join or support someone or something, and accept that what happens to them will affect what happens to you:
In 1915 Italy threw in her lot with the allies.

➔ bad lot

at bad1 (21)

➔ a job lot

at job (17)

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