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a lot

[uh lot] /ə ˈlɒt/
noun
1.
lot (def 14).
adverb
2.
lot (def 21).
Can be confused
a lot, allot.
Usage note
As a noun and adverb, a lot is frequently misspelled as alot.
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Idioms and Phrases with alot
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. [ ; early 1800s ]
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