[ uh-lot ]
/ ə ˈlɒt /
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Origin of a lot
First recorded in 1820–30
usage note for a lot
As a noun and adverb, a lot is frequently misspelled as alot.
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH a lota lot , allot
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Other Idioms and Phrases with a lot
Very many, a large number; also, very much. For example, A lot of people think the economy is declining, or Sad movies always made her cry a lot. It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis, as in I learned a whole lot in his class. It may also emphasize a comparative indication of amount, as in We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone, or Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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