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noun [countable]     spot pronunciation in British English
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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. 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
    spot of:

    spots of yellow

    with spots:

    The flower is yellow with red spots.

    1. a.
      British a very small red lump on someone’s face
    2. b.
      a small red mark that you get on your skin if you have a disease such as measles or chickenpox
    3. 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.

    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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