lot of

lot of someone or something

 and lots of people or things
a large number of people or things; much of something. I got a lot of presents for my birthday. I ate lots of cookies after dinner.
See also: lot, of
References in classic literature ?
About the middle came the lot of Atalanta; she, seeing the great fame of an athlete, was unable to resist the temptation: and after her there followed the soul of Epeus the son of Panopeus passing into the nature of a woman cunning in the arts; and far away among the last who chose, the soul of the jester Thersites was putting on the form of a monkey.
wrote to their lawyer in New Orleans, who attached the real estate (these two articles and a lot of plantation hands formed the most valuable part of it), and wrote word to that effect to New York.
Skeggs is busy and bright, for a lot of goods is to be fitted out for auction.
He's a lazy sort of chap, hates work, and I guess he only got the job because his uncle had got a lot of shares in the business.
I was taken prisoner by one of those chaps, carried off to their beastly village and very nearly murdered by a chap who seemed to be a cross between an executioner and a high-priest, and who kept dancing round me, singing a lot of rot and pointing a knife at me.
You're one of a lot of impostors that are the worst lot of all the lots to be met with.
He didn't sleep much, he was in such a sweat to get in there and find out the mystery about Phillips; and moreover he done a lot of guessing about it all night, which warn't no use, for if you are going to find out the facts of a thing, what's the sense in guessing out what ain't the facts and wasting ammunition?
What a lot of those Frenchies were taken today, and the fact is that not one of them had what you might call real boots on," said a soldier, starting a new theme.
said one of the soldiers, and what a lot of them there are
Just as it is when the PRETTY hair-ribbons come in the barrels after a lot of faded-out brown ones.
China's over there, an' in between's a mighty lot of salt water that's no good for farmin' purposes.
It was almost like a lot of boys scramblin' on the sidewalk for a handful of small change.
The old gentleman owned a lot of farms and over a hundred niggers.
The Shepherdsons and Grangerfords used the same steam- boat landing, which was about two mile above our house; so sometimes when I went up there with a lot of our folks I used to see a lot of the Shepherdsons there on their fine horses.
I've been thinking a lot of our talk," he began, "and I've got an idea I'd like to give it a flutter.