Meaning of LOT in English


I. pronoun


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.


(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


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 .

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