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in lieu of (something)
Instead of something; in place of something. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the scholarship fund.
in lieu of something
Fig. in place of something; instead of something. (The word lieu occurs only in this phrase.) They gave me roast beef in lieu of ham. We gave money to charity in lieu of sending flowers to the funeral.
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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see under instead of.
in lieu (of something)(formal) instead of: They took cash in lieu of the prize they had won. ♢ We work on Saturdays and have a day off in lieu during the week.
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in lieu of
In place of; instead of.