whole lot of something

a ˈwhole lot (of sth) idiom
(informal) a large number or amount

There were a whole lot of people I didn't know.

I lost a whole lot of money.

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  • a whole lot of something — a ˈwhole lot (of sth) idiom (informal) a large number or amount • There were a whole lot of people I didn t know. • I lost a whole lot of money. Main entry: ↑whole …   Useful english dictionary

  • whole — whole1 W1S1 [həul US houl] adj [: Old English; Origin: hal healthy, unhurt, complete ] 1.) [only before noun] all of something = ↑entire ▪ You have your whole life ahead of you! ▪ His whole attitude bugs me. ▪ We ate the whole cake in about ten… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lot — lot1 W1S1 [lɔt US la:t] pron, adv 1.) a lot also lots informal a large amount or number ▪ We ve spent a lot on the children s education. ▪ How many CDs have you got? Lots. a lot of ▪ They paid a lot of money for that house. ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whole — whole1 [ houl ] adjective *** 1. ) all of something: His whole body was trembling. My whole family came to watch me playing in the concert. The whole process will take months. the whole thing: Come on let s just forget the whole thing. the whole… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • lot — noun 1 LARGE AMOUNT a lot also lots informal a large quantity or number: The stereo cost a lot, but it was worth it. | How much ice cream do you want? Lots, please. (+ of): There were lots of people at the party. | a lot to do/see/eat etc: There… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • whole — I UK [həʊl] / US [hoʊl] adjective *** 1) all of something His whole body was trembling. My whole family came to watch me playing in the concert. The whole process will take months. the whole thing: Come on, let s just forget the whole thing. the… …   English dictionary

  • lot — [[t]lɒ̱t[/t]] ♦ lots 1) QUANT: QUANT of n A lot of something or lots of it is a large amount of it. A lot of people or things, or lots of them, is a large number of them. A lot of our land is used to grow crops for export... I remember a lot of… …   English dictionary

  • lot — pronoun (a lot or lots) informal a large number or amount; a great deal. ↘(the lot or the whole lot) the whole number or quantity. adverb (a lot or lots) informal a great deal. noun 1》 [treated as sing. or plural] informal a particular group or… …   English new terms dictionary

  • lot — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hlot; akin to Old High German hlōz Date: before 12th century 1. an object used as a counter in determining a question by chance 2. a. the use of lots as a means of deciding something b. the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • whole — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English hool healthy, unhurt, entire, from Old English hāl; akin to Old High German heil healthy, unhurt, Old Norse heill, Old Church Slavic cělŭ Date: before 12th century 1. a. (1) free of wound or injury ; unhurt… …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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