Meaning of SPOT in English

SPOT

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a picnic spot/place (= a place that is suitable for a picnic )

We found a beautiful picnic spot.

a spot check (= a quick check of one thing in a group done to obtain information )

They did a spot check on 160 vehicles to see how many passengers were wearing seat belts.

a tourist destination/centre/spot

Egypt became a popular tourist destination in the nineteenth century.

a vacation spot (= a place for a vacation )

The island is my favorite vacation spot.

be glued to the spot British English

Sarah was glued to the spot, terrified by the scene in front of her.

beauty spot

Guests will be able to visit some of the local beauty spots.

blind spot

I have a blind spot where computers are concerned.

find/spot/notice an error

His accountant spotted several errors in his tax return.

hot spot

Many microwaves heat unevenly, leading to hot spots in the milk.

lonely place/road/spot etc

make/do/carry out etc spot checks

We carry out spot checks on the vehicles before they leave the depot.

night spot

my favourite New York night spot

parking space/place/spot

I couldn’t find a parking space near the shops.

secluded garden/spot/beach etc

We sunbathed on a small secluded beach.

spot check

spot checks on quality

spot the difference (= see the difference )

It’s easy to spot the difference between real and imitation leather.

spotted dick

the exact position/location/spot etc

The satellite pictures showed the enemy’s exact location.

trouble spot

She’s reported from many of the world’s trouble spots.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

black

It has olive-green skin with black spots or rings and lives near water or rivers.

Mr Bean's mate was bringing out an extraordinary white horse covered in black spots .

With increasing frequency, it seems, the good talking-to becomes a permanent black spot on a school record.

Jim, if I get the black spot , you go to that doctor.

We examined the broken ends of the rattan stay and found black spots of mould growing inside the strands.

But he was wearing a bikini, a pink bikini with big black spots all over it.

As she moved to obey, the black spot of the gun followed her unerringly across the sitting room.

blind

The trouble was, Tweed was thinking, Paula had a blind spot where Dalby was concerned.

But even Hymes has his blind spots .

It was the blind spot of the internationalist Left.

It is as though the panel has developed a blind spot which does not admit the possibility that the newcomer might win.

He knew if some one was standing in the blind spot directly behind him, he was in trouble.

Finlayson spent fifteen minutes teaching Tribe the signals, and describing the blind spots of enemy aircraft.

The queue shuffled into a blind spot between two viewports.

bright

This and our unbelievable performance against Northtown have been the only bright spots in another nightmare week.

Yet the South Carolina economy does have bright spots .

The Slater boys used to be the brightest spot in my day.

But for every bright spot in the region there was a laggard.

During the evening of that Christmas Day came a really bright spot as far as I was concerned.

I kept on seeing little bright spots , so I kept on turning my legs.

Cadney one of the few bright spots .

The body is reddish-brown covered with small bright blue spots that are more numerous toward the rear.

dark

When the fresh retina was dissected under dim red light, the fovea was usually visible as a dark spot .

An increase in the number of dark spots on the sun marks such a period of high solar activity.

A small dark spot , very like a mole.

Something seemed to be absorbing the bright ultraviolet glow in dark spots 25 to 50 miles wide.

In summer the coat tends to become dappled with darker spots .

If skies are clear, find a dark spot with a wide view of the sky, relax and enjoy.

This fish is dar above with blue spots and light below with dark brown spots.

They are greenish gray to yellowish with many large round dark spots .

exact

He wasn't interested in an examination by torchlight of the exact spot where Harry Lawrence and the contact had fallen.

And at Niagara, guides pocketed tips by pointing to the exact spot where Sam Patch had made his last successful leap.

Hundreds of temple volunteers ensured that you were seated in the exact spot marked out for you.

The exact spot on the bridge table the gold vase belonged.

They selected the exact spot which bisects exactly the continents and oceans.

Lickliter followed by hitting his drive in the exact same spot .

All I could see was the posts and the exact spot centrally between them where I was going to touch down.

You can shew me the exact spot and that will save time.

high

Only high spot from what should have been a red letter day was the terrific £300 raised for the local Hartlepool hospice.

After pulling himself to a higher spot , he called again, got through and was plucked from the mountain.

The high spot of the evening was a photograph of Russell's office wall with all its railway memorabilia.

But these are only a few of the high spots .

Recover the outline and high spots by removing the patina from them with the grease remover or polishing powder.

That gave it a high spot on her list of things to put out of commission. 0314.

Below: High spot of many a visitor's trip is aerobatics in a Tiger Moth.

The high spot of the tour, however, was to be an audience with the Pope.

hot

Palm-fringed beaches, guaranteed gorgeous weather and an equally warm local welcome make it one of the finest holiday hot-spots .

Wilson then proposed that hot spots all over the globe possessed this same steadiness.

But melanoma country is any hot spot .

The clusters of hot spots were yet another case of inside affecting outside.

Now it claims to be receiving up to ten a week, with Glasgow and Yorkshire emerging as illegal software hot spots .

His unit was shipping out for the latest hot spot , Formosa, in a couple of weeks.

Places that some people somehow seem to pass by, in search of more recently heard of hot spots .

In all the years since Wilson proposed his theory of hot spots , plumes have remained elusive, practically imaginary structures.

lonely

It was a lonely spot , and no-one would know for a few days.

They retreated to keep under cover in some dark lonely spot .

only

This and our unbelievable performance against Northtown have been the only bright spots in another nightmare week.

Of course, Skewers is a laid back, lunch-\#only spot .

Their only bright spot , thus far, being a 5-1 defeat of Swindon.

The only bright spot was the news that Lewis should be fit to bowl in the final Test.

Its only weak spot is in coping with bigger potholes, which send a jarring crash through the bodyshell.

The only really important spot is Soapy Finnegan this evening.

Hit the post, penalties turned down ... The only bright spots seem to be Strach's comeback and a 3-0 win.

The only bright spot was when Diana decided to give one of her presents away to a rather irascible nightwatchman.

red

Jessica felt her eyes close but could see the light, two hot white searchlights, hot red spots .

Check your feet daily for cuts, sores, bumps and red spots , especially if you have diabetes.

Various other spots were tried on the yellow beak, the red spot causing the greatest response.

They were sunfish, beautiful gold-and-green fish with a bright red spot on the edge of each gill cover.

When he looked at it, there was blood oozing from two split knuckles. Red spots had splashed across the picture.

This one is black with red spots .

Her face would be pale except for two red spots high on her cheekbones.

The red spots in the caudal peduncle region are one of the unique characteristics of this species.

small

Guppies suffering from this disease are covered in small white spots .

The system requires depth at the small forward spot , which the Warriors lack, and good ball-handlers.

When a complementary wavelength is used the response to the small spot only occurs at the offset of the stimulus.

The body is reddish-brown covered with small bright blue spots that are more numerous toward the rear.

We realise that this is simply a small sacred spot in the midst of environmental carnage.

In one large room, dancers could reserve a small spot on the floor to work on solo numbers.

Both sexes have a small black spot in the midline at the base of the tail stalk.

These black markings can be in the form of small black spots or larger markings.

soft

Chub I have a very soft spot in my heart for chub.

The length of the piece tends to display the soft spots of dystopian fiction: plot improbabilities, claustrophobic metaphors.

She had a soft spot for Jimmy.

To find your soft spots , read the following rules and determine which ones you consistently break.

However, abscesses should never be lanced until there is an obvious soft spot in the centre of the swelling.

Most recently, Matt identified soft spots in our proposals including old and irrelevant information.

More experimentally-minded workers have since found many soft spots in what had seemed a solid concept.

Smart, alert, good hands, finds the soft spots .

sore

In more serious cases your doctor may prescribe you an oral antibiotic which will reduce the number of sore and inflamed spots .

This is a sore spot with me.

And now she had pierced her again in this sore spot .

Tom gently washed Willie's body again and smoothed witch-hazel on to the sore spots .

It's a warm good wine; it hits some little sore spot .

tight

I think also that three other Hearthwares shall come, in case we need to fight our way out of some tight spot .

He had been in many tight spots during his life, and guarding a warehouse did not trouble him unduly.

Eight extra bullets in a tight spot could mean the difference between life and death.

BThis is one of the tight spots of the restaurant business.

Drawbacks are the introduction of a bit more slop in the system and the potential for reduced access in tight spots .

Or a mite more forgiving in a tight spot ?

You're in a tight spot .

top

He led the ballot, getting enough votes to claim the top spot as head cheerleader.

Norton seconds held Sunderland to 3-3, so the Wearsiders slipped off the top spot .

What we will never know is what price Ford will have to pay to get it to the top spot .

Not so long ago Eamon Darcy was edged out of the top nine automatic spots , losing by a matter of a few points.

Essex as well as being the champion county take the top spot from Middlesex.

Gourley and Letham hold top spots in their respective sections.

Both managers were content with a result which leaves United in top spot and Swindon third.

very

He had passed by the very spot only the other day, and it had brought tears to his eyes.

Chub I have a very soft spot in my heart for chub.

Which is why we're meeting here at this very spot .

Three years ago a tortoise of ours got killed like that and on just about this very spot .

As if, on this very spot a hundred years ago ... what?

This is a very popular spot for picnics, and cars are prohibited at the rest house.

I'd stood near that very spot with a chum and rejoiced at Wilson's victory.

weak

Rheumatic fever as a child, so the infection settled there, on the weakest spot .

Fogarty told me he was eleven when he understood his own weak spot .

If this type of interviewer senses a weak spot he or she will hang on in there - mercilessly.

So while the weather is reasonably dry, check the exterior for weak spots in the defences.

A young teenage girl often becomes hypercritical of her mum-and knows exactly how to hit her weak spots .

Its only weak spot is in coping with bigger potholes, which send a jarring crash through the bodyshell.

He had two fundamental weak spots .

Find a weak spot and pick at it.

white

For true white spot , W.S.3 is an excellent remedy, and there is no need to isolate the fish during treatment.

I sat in my seat watching little white spots drift in front of me.

Guppies suffering from this disease are covered in small white spots .

Very pale green spots on the head and white spots on the body over a brown ground color identify this species.

The next day the fungus had dropped off and there were less white spots .

The rest of the fish is light ta or white with orange spots .

A white spot on a yellow model gathered very little more response.

Thrush typically produces white spots on the palate.

■ NOUN

beauty

She wears a lot of makeup and even a false beauty spot on her cheek.

Ted, who has lived for over thirty years in Yorkshire, will guide you to a different beauty spot every day.

The beauty spot brings back horrific memories for the couple; memories of a night they were not meant to survive.

Guests can enjoy trips to local beauty spots , dancing at a local hotel, and visits to local theatres.

He attacked the couple as they cuddled in their car at a remote beauty spot .

check

Perhaps random spot checks could be carried out in the same way as breathalyser tests.

The cutters often worked in a vacuum, so to speak, relying on spot checks and routine searches during their patrols.

Most drivers pass the spot check , not so this Volkswagen.

market

There is both a spot market and a forward market in most currencies.

The recent increases were in line with movements in the Rotterdam spot market .

They found that, for each index, the futures market led the spot market by a few minutes.

Futures prices rise too, pulling the spot market behind them.

In addition you will also find the oil spot market , the energy future exchange, the grain exchange and the fruit auction.

This additional information is then available to traders in the spot market .

night

Top-O Smart, stylish night spot .

She looked thoroughly sophisticated, the type to want to hit the night spots .

Buster Brown's A dashing and exciting night spot .

The most renowned of these pipe bands travel periodically to the cities, where they perform in night spots for tourists.

The Lord Darnley One of the city's most exciting night spots .

Top O'Night Club Sophisticated night spot with style and taste, wide range of wines and whisky.

Scarborough has six leading night spots .

Buster Brown's Enjoyment is the keynote of this popular Edinburgh night spot , with exotic drinks a speciality.

penalty

Craig Smith put them ahead before Kevin Harmison levelled from the penalty spot .

It too will have extra time and kicks from the penalty spot if necessary.

But for Stuart Gault's priceless accuracy from the penalty spot , Derry's cause would now almost certainly be lost.

He was fouled by Michael Goddard in the box and Barney Bowers duly obliged from the penalty spot .

United took the lead from the penalty spot .

Referee Worrall pointed to the penalty spot .

And moments later more trouble hit Everton as Alan Shearer collected his seventh goal in eight games from the penalty spot .

price

In contrast, the future spot price can not be known with certainty precisely because it is a future price.

However, the correlations between current changes in the spot price and lagged changes in the futures price were low.

The width of this band depends not only on f, but also on the spot price and the riskless interest rate.

Before the delivery date, the futures price could be above or below the spot price.

Therefore, the introduction of futures will increase the amount of information reflected in the spot price .

rate

The spot rate is also known as the basic rate or telegraphic transfer rate.

There is a second condition required for a rational agent to be indifferent between equal forward and expected future spot rates .

The forward rates quoted by banks in the foreign exchange market stand either at a premium or discount in relation to the spot rate.

Banks quote spot rates against the dollar.

The forward rate may not be equal to the expected future spot rate.

Premiums are therefore deducted from the spot rate .

A premium is deducted from the existing spot rate .

This is guaranteed by the bank, irrespective of what happens to the spot rate over the next three months.

trouble

Their occupational duty, as they saw it, was equally clear-sufficient numbers and mobile reserves for the trouble spots .

In the event of a threat to security, they would grab their helmets and weapons and rush to the trouble spot .

As the verb is the first trouble spot encountered in the sentence, the substitution is made there.

Undeterred, the band went sight-seeing around the various trouble spots , getting their pictures taken besides security gates and confused-looking squaddies.

Typically, the software comes with a pre-programmed database of known Internet trouble spots .

The list of trouble spots is endless.

Local News Editor Rona Johnson was especially effective directing reporters to new trouble spots .

■ VERB

change

The leopard did not change its spots , its instincts or its appetites.

We are happy to report, therefore, that Jaguar Man appears to have changed his spots .

Agitatedly, it changed its spots from orange to blue to green and, finally, flushed perfectly purple.

choose

As buckles are amongst my favourite finds this was a good enough reason to choose this spot for a further search.

Setting the two filter angles corresponds to choosing spots to rub off.

Again, when you do let it run free, try to choose a quiet spot away from people as much as possible.

He chose the same spot by himself the next evening.

Siegfried had chosen his spot well - half way between two watch-towers.

find

Shortly afterwards they found the ideal spot .

She finds her spot outside the three-point line and lofts the ball, pushing from her fingertips.

He found the spot where the three reeds were growing and at a single blow cut down all three with his sword.

People who hit a $ 50 jackpot likely have found their favorite spot .

The body of Angela Stewart was found at a picnic spot near Farnham.

It takes nearly two hours, but they finally find the spot .

More experimentally-minded workers have since found many soft spots in what had seemed a solid concept.

You won't find this at trendier spots .

hit

The cognac was not quite up to Skipton's fine Napoleonic standards, but it hit the spot with unerring accuracy.

It is one reason why the Clippers seem to hit a dry spot offensively in most games.

She looked thoroughly sophisticated, the type to want to hit the night spots .

Remember when Wilkinson hit that rough spot in the board meeting?

A young teenage girl often becomes hypercritical of her mum-and knows exactly how to hit her weak spots .

Finally, doctors hit the right spot , and the sound of angry hornets filled the operating room.

It just hit the right spot .

So why does it shock us and shake us so badly when we hit a tough spot ?

mark

Flowers yesterday marked the spot where Mr Reed died.

And I marked out the spots .

The slip knot should be marked with a spot of colour on the line.

They marked the spots and checked to be sure the radios were working, then let the turtles go.

Two stones, standing vertically, mark the spot .

He returned the ball to the marked spot on the fairway and pulled a club from the bag.

All that remained was the odd burnt-out farmhouse to mark the spot where civilisation had once existed.

Pilots of the planes had planned to drop bouquets, funeral wreaths and a smoke flare to mark the spot .

park

After a peg-legged walk from the parking spot , I arrived to an empty foyer.

Nearest parking spot appears to be in Utah.

The city could take back the 110 additional diplomat parking spots it created under the pact, Mastro said.

Miguel crawled up the street slowly, slipping into a parking spot a block down from the fire.

Why should I have to pay $ 40 for a parking spot ?

There was a parking spot for us right out front.

They manage to lead urbane lives while not having to search the block foolishly for a parking spot .

pick

I think on all these courses you've got to pick your spots .

He had picked the spot perfectly.

Impromptu teams are picked on the spot , with a knowledgeable captain to ensure a balance.

It was one of those cases where we trusted the ground guys to pick the spot .

Sunderland reacted quickly to the set-back, with club record singing Don Goodman calmly picking his spot to equalise a minute later.

Miguel told him, picking a spot opposite the car seat for the desk.

Now, as momentum picks up, vacant spots downtown are filling in, like a jigsaw puzzle falling into place.

Yellow flight, this is Preacher Six. Pick your spots .

point

And at Niagara, guides pocketed tips by pointing to the exact spot where Sam Patch had made his last successful leap.

But after deliberation, referee Hart pointed to the spot and Molby cracked in the penalty.

He points to a spot of oil in the water and hurls his harpoon and strikes the spot dead center.

root

For a moment, she was rooted to the spot .

He stood rooted to the spot .

The noise hypnotised the Wooltons, rooting them to the spot .

He had covered half the distance when a loud, commanding voice rooted him to the spot .

After all, you don't want to be rooted to the spot in front of a microphone - you want to perform!

An accountant is rooted to the spot as sheets of glass plummet towards her.

They'd just set foot back in the ship proper when the burst of machine gun fire rooted them to the spot .

stand

I stood frozen to the spot unable to do anything.

That occurred some seven hundred years ago, yet I stood upon that same spot where he died.

He knew if some one was standing in the blind spot directly behind him, he was in trouble.

He stood rooted to the spot .

I remember standing in the same spot two years before without two nickels to rub together.

By the time the rope went tight I had been standing in the same spot for nearly an hour and a half.

Black, taking his cue from the darkness, stands up from his spot and extends his hand to Blue.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

X marks the spot

a leopard can't change its spots

be riveted to the spot

break out in spots/a rash/a sweat etc

bright spot

The show has a few bright spots, but is mainly uninspiring.

But for every bright spot in the region there was a laggard.

But now even those bright spots may be fading.

I kept on seeing little bright spots, so I kept on turning my legs.

Redland was a bright spot, up 34p at 481p, after figures and the Steetley merger.

The money was the one bright spot the evening had produced so far, the carrot to the threat of the stick.

The only bright spot was the news that Lewis should be fit to bowl in the final Test.

This and our unbelievable performance against Northtown have been the only bright spots in another nightmare week.

Yet the South Carolina economy does have bright spots.

can see/spot/tell sth a mile off

But I think he's lovely, and you can tell a mile off that he likes you.

He's a hawkeye, and can spot one a mile off, like that faraway kestrel.

Our sportsdesk can spot from a mile off a person who can not tell an in-swinger from a bouncer.

change your spots

Agitatedly, it changed its spots from orange to blue to green and, finally, flushed perfectly purple.

The leopard did not change its spots, its instincts or its appetites.

We are happy to report, therefore, that Jaguar Man appears to have changed his spots.

come out in spots/a rash etc

Tell them you've come out in a rash, or something.

have a soft spot for sb

Although I have a soft spot for him after his super-game Hennessy win, he does not appeal greatly as 7-2 favourite.

I do have a soft spot for Britain's best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta.

The reason why I have a soft spot for this notebook, he wrote.

hit the spot

A cold beer sure would hit the spot.

The cognac was not quite up to Skipton's fine Napoleonic standards, but it hit the spot with unerring accuracy.

in a tight corner/spot

And now here was I in a tight corner and was I going to use violence?

Did people in tight corners always turn to her?

Drawbacks are the introduction of a bit more slop in the system and the potential for reduced access in tight spots.

Eight extra bullets in a tight spot could mean the difference between life and death.

However, employers could find themselves in a tight corner if they attempted to increase employee contributions or reduce benefits.

Or a mite more forgiving in a tight spot?

The better choice here is a crescent-pattern spanner which has angled jaws so that it can be reversed in tight corners.

You're in a tight spot.

knock spots off sb/sth

It certainly knocks spots off anything attempted by the newly-Thatcherising Conservatives in the run-up to the 1979 election.

rooted to the spot/floor/ground etc

Ashi found herself rooted to the spot in disbelief as she watched the threshing legs of her daughter.

For a few moments he had felt rooted to the floor and had been unable to move.

For a moment, she was rooted to the spot.

He stands still, his feet rooted to the ground, his knees locked.

He stood rooted to the spot.

So startled was he by this sudden onslaught, Ryker momentarily froze, rooted to the spot.

Unable to move, Philippa remained rooted to the spot.

sore point/spot/subject (with sb)

And now she had pierced her again in this sore spot.

Finally, there are plans to provide custodians a sore point to enable the churches to open for two hours a day.

Graduate entry with resultant opportunities for promotion was then - as now - an especially sore point.

It is still a sore point with both grandparents that neither Alice nor Henry have been baptized.

The potential restriction of physician income is a major sore point.

This is a sore spot with me.

Tom gently washed Willie's body again and smoothed witch-hazel on to the sore spots.

weak points/spots

Are you naturally more cautious, preferring to test the strength of your enemy before striking at his weak points?

He had not dealt with the bishop's weak points nor, according to Hooker, had he carried the audience with him.

However, in most of these, effusive approval is showered upon her, and her weak points are minimized.

Positive interpretation of weaknesses Be honest about assessing your weak points as well.

Scattered in pursuit, they provided perfect weak points for our counterattack.

That is why molecular studies designed to find the weak points in the viral attack must continue, Trono said.

We examined our weak points, and turned them into strengths.

What are his strong and weak points?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a 30-second spot on the local radio station

a chicken-pox spot

Detectives found a few spots of blood on the carpet.

Do you mind cleaning the grease spots behind the stove?

Gabel's wins earned him a spot on the Olympic team.

grease spots

He has a bald spot on the top of his head.

It looked like a perfect spot for a picnic.

It took me about twenty minutes to find a parking spot .

Las Vegas has a growing reputation as an entertainment and vacation spot .

Oh no, I've got a spot on my new shirt!

Our cat is covered with big brown spots.

People had left flowers at the spot where the police officer was killed.

Put some of the hardier plants outdoors in a protected spot .

She agreed to meet him at the same spot the next evening.

The essay is good, but a few spots still need some work.

The letter was covered in small ink spots, as though his hand had been shaking as he wrote it.

The museum sits on the exact spot where gold was first discovered.

There are bike trails to the highest spot on the island, which has magnificent views of San Francisco.

This looks like a good spot to stop and rest.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And after James Brooks dropped out of the directing spot , Ted Demme jumped in.

But even Hymes has his blind spots.

He had a bald spot , under a straggle of brown hair, and a ratty Fu Manchu moustache.

I stood frozen to the spot unable to do anything.

I think on all these courses you've got to pick your spots.

Soon, they ceased to live on the spot , and employed agents to do their work.

Supporters contend that Slaughterhouse Canyon is an ideal spot .

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

easily

Each stick has a colour code and infringements are easily spotted .

Perhaps most important, they are not easily spotted by metal detectors or traditional X-ray machines.

Their presence, particularly under a lawn, is betrayed by the worm casts which are easily spotted between the green grass.

They can usually be easily spotted .

You can easily spot morel-mushroom hunters.

quickly

He will quickly spot things players can and can not do.

Henson quickly spotted another storm toward the north.

Sceptics hunting for flaws in the tax have quickly spotted one potential problem.

Sins are quickly spotted and remedies as quickly prescribes.

The importance of computers is that these arbitrage opportunities can be quickly spotted and capitalised upon.

They were quickly spotted by a police patrol who ushered them off the motorway and down the A41 slip road.

You will quickly spot which plants produce their favourite seeds.

He got the cleaning job as a stop-gap 3 years ago and quickly spotted his chance.

■ NOUN

car

Police spotted the car on Balboa Avenue about 7: 30 a.m.

She spotted his car and raced down the steps in her knee-high suede boots; his heart was pounding.

Policeman Steve Bedford spotted the car as he patrolled Ringwood, Hampshire, and slapped a ticket on the windscreen.

Some lookout he was; he spotted the car when it was almost on top of them.

It was then that I spotted the police car tucked in behind the ambulance.

Which is why he spotted the stationary police car .

difference

Voice over It's fairly simple to spot the difference between the real thing and a fake.

Many a blindfolded tasting panel has failed to spot the difference between the apple grown without pesticides and that which has.

The trick is to spot the difference .

Most Christians reading the Bible from a New Testament perspective would not spot the difference unless it was pointed out.

The eye perceives differences which the radiometer does not, and in some cases fails to spot differences which the instrument does.

man

It was here that he spotted two men stealing a truck loaded with aluminium scrap.

A resident spotted a man sitting in a car watching the fire and notified police.

After a 30-minute search, they spotted the man who sold them the tickets.

In another case, two police officers spotted a man cycling without his hands on the handlebars.

The victim was attacked after spotting the men acting suspiciously at 3.25am outside his house in Bracknell, Berks.

The spooky goings-on happened when night watchman James Durham spotted a man with a heavy overcoat walking his black retriever.

Well, a law student might have spotted that a man can not be convicted without the dead body being around.

mile

Our sportsdesk can spot from a mile off a person who can not tell an in-swinger from a bouncer.

He's a hawkeye, and can spot one a mile off, like that faraway kestrel.

A milkman later spotted the men a mile away - still without a stitch on and clutching their King Edwards.

You can spot the shit a mile away!

Next time the vessel was spotted was 120 miles away in the North Sea off Eyemouth.

I could spot a Fox a mile away.

They could spot him coming a mile away.

police

The alarm was raised shortly afterwards by a milkman and officers in a passing police car who spotted the smoke and flames.

The veteran police officer had spotted a shadowy figure on the second floor of the complex.

In another case, two police officers spotted a man cycling without his hands on the handlebars.

The high-speed chase began after police spotted the gang with the stolen vehicles at the M1 Woodhall Services near Sheffield.

sign

As taxpayers we are entitled to know why intelligence services failed to spot signs of an end to the Cold War.

Lifeguards say the calf spotted Monday showed no sign of injury and still had a stubby part of its umbilicus attached.

But as long as you spot the early signs you should be okay - just keep the red bits covered for a few days.

Officers have been visiting stores advising businessmen how to spot the signs of an abuser.

Christopher spotted the sign for Beyazik's Garage when it was still a hundred yards ahead of them.

talent

And they were not fools: they could spot talent .

It was during one of these that he was spotted by a talent scout and signed up by Warner Brothers.

top

But she has failed to reach the top spots in the charts recently with songs from follow-up Wishing.

Here are the top three ways to spot if a fireman is gay: 1.

trouble

Even people who have been in the business for decades sometimes have trouble spotting impostor curls.

Potential new trouble spots to be aware of.

But keeping $ 1 billion-plus cruisers deployed near potential trouble spots takes a lot of people, money and ships.

Other potential trouble spots for Forbes include his refusal to release his personal income tax returns, as Dole has done.

To keep the ships on station for extended times, the Navy would stage these warships near trouble spots continuously.

■ VERB

fail

And if you fail to spot these, a quick glance at the contents of his bookshelf gives it away.

Many a blindfolded tasting panel has failed to spot the difference between the apple grown without pesticides and that which has.

But during the course of the evening, I failed to spot the arrogant monster we've seen in the past.

No, apparently he had a mental disorder that prison medics failed to spot , so it was their fault.

The eye perceives differences which the radiometer does not, and in some cases fails to spot differences which the instrument does.

try

Armed with powerful telescopes, they're trying to spot a Peregrine Falcon chick, born just two weeks ago.

We must try to spot something on the ground.

At the junction, I paused, eyes flicking from side to side, trying to spot Kevin's contact.

In the early forties, predecessors of Joe McCarthy were snooping around trying to spot Communists in government.

Two men with muddied faces and bracken on their helmets are in a ruined building, trying to spot an enemy rifleman.

If there are many volunteers then spotting them will be like trying to spot a needle in a haystack.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

X marks the spot

a leopard can't change its spots

bird-spotting/train-spotting etc

bright spot

The show has a few bright spots, but is mainly uninspiring.

But for every bright spot in the region there was a laggard.

But now even those bright spots may be fading.

I kept on seeing little bright spots, so I kept on turning my legs.

Redland was a bright spot, up 34p at 481p, after figures and the Steetley merger.

The money was the one bright spot the evening had produced so far, the carrot to the threat of the stick.

The only bright spot was the news that Lewis should be fit to bowl in the final Test.

This and our unbelievable performance against Northtown have been the only bright spots in another nightmare week.

Yet the South Carolina economy does have bright spots.

can see/spot/tell sth a mile off

But I think he's lovely, and you can tell a mile off that he likes you.

He's a hawkeye, and can spot one a mile off, like that faraway kestrel.

Our sportsdesk can spot from a mile off a person who can not tell an in-swinger from a bouncer.

have a soft spot for sb

Although I have a soft spot for him after his super-game Hennessy win, he does not appeal greatly as 7-2 favourite.

I do have a soft spot for Britain's best-selling car, the Ford Fiesta.

The reason why I have a soft spot for this notebook, he wrote.

in a tight corner/spot

And now here was I in a tight corner and was I going to use violence?

Did people in tight corners always turn to her?

Drawbacks are the introduction of a bit more slop in the system and the potential for reduced access in tight spots.

Eight extra bullets in a tight spot could mean the difference between life and death.

However, employers could find themselves in a tight corner if they attempted to increase employee contributions or reduce benefits.

Or a mite more forgiving in a tight spot?

The better choice here is a crescent-pattern spanner which has angled jaws so that it can be reversed in tight corners.

You're in a tight spot.

sore point/spot/subject (with sb)

And now she had pierced her again in this sore spot.

Finally, there are plans to provide custodians a sore point to enable the churches to open for two hours a day.

Graduate entry with resultant opportunities for promotion was then - as now - an especially sore point.

It is still a sore point with both grandparents that neither Alice nor Henry have been baptized.

The potential restriction of physician income is a major sore point.

This is a sore spot with me.

Tom gently washed Willie's body again and smoothed witch-hazel on to the sore spots.

weak points/spots

Are you naturally more cautious, preferring to test the strength of your enemy before striking at his weak points?

He had not dealt with the bishop's weak points nor, according to Hooker, had he carried the audience with him.

However, in most of these, effusive approval is showered upon her, and her weak points are minimized.

Positive interpretation of weaknesses Be honest about assessing your weak points as well.

Scattered in pursuit, they provided perfect weak points for our counterattack.

That is why molecular studies designed to find the weak points in the viral attack must continue, Trono said.

We examined our weak points, and turned them into strengths.

What are his strong and weak points?

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A resident spotted a man sitting in his car watching the explosion and notified the police.

Drops of milk spotted the table.

He was spotted in the Manhattan area in mid-May.

I'm glad you spotted the mistake before it was too late.

I spotted this article about it in the paper.

I dropped my keys in the grass, but luckily Jim spotted them.

If you spot Mom and Dad coming, warn me.

Police finally caught up with Serrano when he was spotted eating in an Upper East Side restaurant.

She quickly spotted the danger of relying on Hal for everything.

She won't be difficult to spot -- she's got pink hair and weighs about 300 pounds.

They've spotted us - let's get out of here.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Even people who have been in the business for decades sometimes have trouble spotting impostor curls.

If there are many volunteers then spotting them will be like trying to spot a needle in a haystack.

If you are lucky, you will also spot a pelican or two.

It now appears that much of the change whose initial signs he spotted did in fact reflect a climatic shift.

Smith told me later they had spotted Wilson making his way back to Ashley Gardens on foot.

Some children spotted the feet sticking out of the bushes by the roadside.

Termites are often relatively easy to spot , especially in the early stages.

III. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

check

But spot checks by the agency have indicated travelers are informed only about two-thirds of the time.

market

When spot market prices rose, the utilities were unable to increase their rates.

price

Typically in a declining market, prices gradually shift from contract levels to the spot prices, traders said.

All the gold fulfilled maturing forward contracts where the contract price exceeded the spot price.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

X marks the spot

a leopard can't change its spots

be riveted to the spot

bird-spotting/train-spotting etc

break out in spots/a rash/a sweat etc

can see/spot/tell sth a mile off

But I think he's lovely, and you can tell a mile off that he likes you.

He's a hawkeye, and can spot one a mile off, like that faraway kestrel.

Our sportsdesk can spot from a mile off a person who can not tell an in-swinger from a bouncer.

change your spots

Agitatedly, it changed its spots from orange to blue to green and, finally, flushed perfectly purple.

The leopard did not change its spots, its instincts or its appetites.

We are happy to report, therefore, that Jaguar Man appears to have changed his spots.

come out in spots/a rash etc

Tell them you've come out in a rash, or something.

hit the spot

A cold beer sure would hit the spot.

The cognac was not quite up to Skipton's fine Napoleonic standards, but it hit the spot with unerring accuracy.

knock spots off sb/sth

It certainly knocks spots off anything attempted by the newly-Thatcherising Conservatives in the run-up to the 1979 election.

rooted to the spot/floor/ground etc

Ashi found herself rooted to the spot in disbelief as she watched the threshing legs of her daughter.

For a few moments he had felt rooted to the floor and had been unable to move.

For a moment, she was rooted to the spot.

He stands still, his feet rooted to the ground, his knees locked.

He stood rooted to the spot.

So startled was he by this sudden onslaught, Ryker momentarily froze, rooted to the spot.

Unable to move, Philippa remained rooted to the spot.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

All the gold fulfilled maturing forward contracts where the contract price exceeded the spot price.

At any moment the current spot exchange rate is the anticipated spot exchange rate discounted to the present.

Both the four eye and spot fin have a posterior eye spot.

In Tokyo, spot gold was last quoted at $ 400. 25 per ounce.

Most of the change in the current spot exchange rate reflects changes in the anticipated spot exchange rate.

Longman DOCE5 Extras English vocabulary.      Дополнительный английский словарь Longman DOCE5.