a lot of

a lot

A large amount, extent, or degree of something. Also written in the plural form, "lots." I have a lot of respect for my father, who worked hard every day to give us the things we wanted. It was lots of fun hanging out last night. Go, go, out the window! We don't have a lot of time before the bomb goes off!
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a lot of

A large number or amount of (people or things). There are still a lot of issues plaguing the operating system that we need to figure out before it's released next month. We did a lot of promotion for our show, but not a lot of people showed up. Go, go, out the window! We don't have a lot of time before the bomb goes off!
See also: lot, of
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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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

a lot

Very many, a large number; also, very much. For example, A lot of people think the economy is declining, or Sad movies always made her cry a lot. It is sometimes put as a whole lot for greater emphasis, as in I learned a whole lot in his class. It may also emphasize a comparative indication of amount, as in We need a whole lot more pizza to feed everyone, or Mary had a lot less nerve than I expected. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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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.
When the swallows heard this, they all came down on to the Doctor's ship; and they told him to unravel some pieces of long rope and make them into a lot of thin strings as quickly as he could.
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?
"Oh, how pretty!--and what a lot of trees and grass all around it!
Just as it is when the PRETTY hair-ribbons come in the barrels after a lot of faded-out brown ones.
It was almost like a lot of boys scramblin' on the sidewalk for a handful of small change.
'I told him: 'I've caught a lot of pitchers in eight years in this league and that was the most well-pitched, best-executed game I've ever had behind the plate,'' catcher Jonathan Lucroy said.
Knockouts The week saw a lot of action as the closing dates for three of the KOs get close.
''But we just had a lot of momentum once we scored a bunch of runs the first game.
"There are a lot of things that can threaten the life of a newborn, including birth defects, infection, genetic disease and even unfortunate things like accidents and suffocation," he told the news wire.