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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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  • A Chinese house, where a death has happened, is known by a white cloth hung in lieu of the door.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
  • In a pathetic sort of way, she mothered Christine in lieu of her own daughter.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "With a quarter's salary in lieu of notice," laughed Neale, slapping his pocket.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • One household has procured the cattle, but has paid money in lieu of linen.

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British Dictionary definitions for lieu


/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 lieu

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

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Idioms and Phrases with lieu


see under instead of
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