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noun [countable] spot pronunciation in British English /spɒt/
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singularspot
pluralspots
  1. 1
    the particular place where someone or something is
    We found him sitting in a sunny spot in the garden.
    mark the spot: Flowers mark the spot where the accident happened.
    the very/exact spot: The king himself had stood on this very spot.
    1. a.
      a particular place on your body
      a sore/tender spot: There is a sore spot on my head where I bumped it.
    2. b.
      a particular town, city, or area
      one of the region’s best-known tourist spots
    3. c.
      informal a particular place where people go for entertainment
      a spot that is popular with clubbers
  2. 2
    a small round area of colour that is different from the colour of the surface around it and that often forms part of a pattern
    a pattern of spots and stripes
    spot of: spots of yellow
    with spots: The flower is yellow with red spots.
    1. c.
      a small dirty mark that should not be there
      a spot of paint on the step
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  3. 3
    informal a position in an order, for example in a competition
    The team has no chance of a spot in the top five.
    The book occupied the number-one bestseller spot for four months.
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    1. a.
      a position within a series of events, for example in a television or radio programme
      She was given a five-minute spot on a local radio show.
  4. 4
    British informal an occasion when you do something or experience something
    spot of: There was still time for a spot of shopping and sightseeing.
    I’d invited her round for a spot of lunch.
    a spot of bother/trouble: We’d had a spot of trouble with the police.
  5. 5
    informal a difficult situation
    put someone in a spot: The bad weather had put us in a bit of a spot.
  6. 7
    a small amount of something, usually a liquid
    spot of: I felt a few spots of rain on my face.

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