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[loo] /lu/
place; stead.
in lieu of, in place of; instead of:
He gave us an IOU in lieu of cash.
Origin of lieu
1250-1300; < Middle French < Latin locus place; replacing Middle English liue < Old French liu < Latin; see locus Unabridged
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Examples from the web for in lieu of
  • Trade winds instead of air conditioning, whistling frogs and cooing doves in lieu of house band.
  • in lieu of time travel, real travel can take us back into the past and help us understand a lost world.
  • So is the red skullcap he often wore over his short-cropped hair, in lieu of a formal wig.
  • It will be gone and you will have nothing valuable in lieu of it.
  • Below, a note advises check writers to use their dental records in lieu of the usual forms of identification.
  • Others release stylized art in lieu of standard press pictures.
  • But in lieu of some economic recovery, that kind of margin might not hold.
  • He stands on a ladder in lieu of a podium and starts rattling stuff off.
  • They're working part time in lieu of a full-time job or because their full-time hours were cut back.
  • They spoke as if coming back were something in lieu of accomplishment, something for idle, unoccupied people.
British Dictionary definitions for in lieu of


/ljuː; luː/
stead; place (esp in the phrases in lieu, in lieu of)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, ultimately from Latin locus place
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Word Origin and History for in lieu of


late 13c., from Old French lieu "place, position, situation, rank," from Latin locum (nominative locus) "place."

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Idioms and Phrases with in lieu of

in lieu of

see: instead of


see under instead of
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