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Also, in lieu of; in place of; in someone's stead. In substitution for, rather than. For example, She wore a dress instead of slacks, or They had a soprano in lieu of a tenor, or In place of soft drinks they served fruit juice, or The chairman spoke in her stead. Instead of dates from about 1200; in lieu of, which borrows lieu, meaning "place," from French, dates from the late 1200s; in place of dates from the 1500s; and in someone's stead from the 1200s. Also see under in someone's shoes.
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instead of the ugly monster the most beautiful girl he had ever seen stood before the astonished eyes of the Prince.
He did not wait for them to join him, however, instead he wheeled his thoat and came tearing madly in our direction.
You will then only have fifteen leagues to go, instead of thirty.
Our enormous burdens, instead of being carried on our shoulders as had been the custom of old, were all snugly deposited in the baggage car, and, as I was assured, would be delivered to their respective owners at the journey's end.
The Beauforts had been among the first people in New York to own their own red velvet carpet and have it rolled down the steps by their own footmen, under their own awning, instead of hiring it with the supper and the ball-room chairs.
Instead of the moving horses and hussars' backs, he saw nothing before him but the motionless earth and the stubble around him.
Nevertheless, there was a very disagreeable incident one day when some forward girls challenged David's team, and a disturbing creature called Angela Clare sent down so many yorkers that--However, instead of telling you the result of that regrettable match I shall pass on hurriedly to the Round Pond, which is the wheel that keeps all the Gardens going.
It is but what they had done to me, were I the prisoner instead," retorted the outlaw.
I really ought to hate you and instead I love you madly, and I'm miserable if I don't see you every day.
No more can it be explained than can a human judge, sentencing a convicted criminal and imposing eight years imprisonment instead of the five or nine years that also at the same time floated upward in his brain, explain why he categorically determined on eight years as the just, adequate punishment.
If you get your answer from his tongue, instead of his boot, the case is cleared up--unless I have made a complete mess of it.
In these, instead or representing real people, the actors represented thoughts, feelings and deeds, good and bad.
It might easily have been the end of Ozma of Oz, had she been a real grasshopper instead of an emerald one.
Instead, he called in the detectives, and, under their advice, weighted the pigeon heavily with shot.
And, when a man allows music to play upon him and to pour into his soul through the funnel of his ears those sweet and soft and melancholy airs of which we were just now speaking, and his whole life is passed in warbling and the delights of song; in the first stage of the process the passion or spirit which is in him is tempered like iron, and made useful, instead of brittle and useless.