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noun [countable] spot pronunciation in British English /spɒt/
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  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
  2. 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.
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 5
    informal a difficult situation
    put someone in a spot: The bad weather had put us in a bit of a spot.
  5. 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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