by lot

by lot

Describing a method by which people choose something, often slips of paper, at random, as a way to make a decision or selection. If no one volunteers to be the club's secretary, then we'll have to pick someone by lot.
See also: by, lot

by ˈlot

using a method of choosing somebody to do something in which each person takes a piece of paper, etc. from a container and the one whose paper has a special mark is chosen: The committee is chosen by lot and its members change annually.
See also: by, lot
References in classic literature ?
In the third place, different laws of each community may be adopted; as, for instance, as it seems correspondent to the nature of a democracy, that the magistrates should be chosen by lot, but an aristocracy by vote, and in the one state according to a census, but not in the other: let, then, an aristocracy and a free state copy something from each of them; let them follow an oligarchy in choosing their magistrates by vote, but a democracy in not admitting of any census, and thus blend together the different customs of the two governments.
Lot's seduction appears in the right roundel [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 6 OMITTED], represented by his two daughters embracing him and by Lot responding, his arms around each girl.