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odd lot

a quantity or amount less than the conventional unit of trading.
Stock Exchange. (in a transaction) a quantity of stock less than the established 100-share unit for active issues or the 10-share unit for designated inactive issues.
Also called broken lot.
Compare round lot.
Origin of odd lot
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odd-lot, adjective Unabridged
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  • They'll miss this odd lot if we lose it—and, of course, we're all honest, Lorimer.

  • But I 'ave my orders to fetch the odd lot to Constantinople an' fetch 'em I will.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • They are an odd lot, and I think there are but two—the two last—that I am not a little ashamed of reprinting.

    Pot-Boilers Clive Bell
  • Must they dine in the daytime, because, being an odd lot, they cannot sit down to dinner at eventide?

  • "An odd lot of children he has in that ramshackle old house of his," continued the surgeon.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • A man bought an odd lot of wine in barrels and one barrel containing beer.

    Amusements in Mathematics Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • Dartrey married one of the Hennen women, all an odd lot, all handsome.

  • An odd lot of trout hooks, fastened to the lower vines, operated as a powerful non-conductor.

    A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed. William Chauncey Bartlett
  • "They must be an odd lot," Mrs. Field Mouse remarked to her husband.

    The Tale of Buster Bumblebee Arthur Scott Bailey
  • It was of an interminable procession of that odd lot called the People.

British Dictionary definitions for odd lot

odd lot

a batch of merchandise that contains less than or more than the usual number of units
(stock exchange) a number of securities less than the standard trading unit of 100
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