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She's outgrown most of her clothes, an' I'd 'lotted on having her sew some.

He expected she would, sure as shootin'; lotted on it, they say.

Here it is racked and lotted to get rid of impurities, and has brandy put to it to keep it.

I don't deny I lotted on her before she was took away, but I never want to think about her again; so you needn't come nor send.

In the same passage we are told that men of genius, disseminating truth, are like the soldiers who "lotted the garb of God."

So we lotted out the land, of which there is enough for hundreds, and began to build rude houses.

So, or since, the Black Stone had wandered into an auction, for the lotted paper was still on it.

On this occasion he had it all clean and prepared for the young friends, as he knew they lotted much on having a sail.

They was lotted of a certain tract and if it stay clear a certain time to get it all done.


Old English hlot "object (anything from dice to straw, but often a chip of wood with a name inscribed on it) used to determine someone's share," also "what falls to a person by lot," from Proto-Germanic *khlutom (cf. Old Norse hlutr "lot, share," Old Frisian hlot "lot," Old Saxon hlot, Middle Dutch, Dutch lot, Old High German hluz "share of land," German Los; Old English hleotan "to cast lots, to foretell"), of unknown origin. The object was placed with others in a receptacle, which was shaken, the winner being the one that fell out first. Hence, to cast lots. In some cases the lots were drawn by hand. The word was adopted from Germanic into the Romanic languages (cf. lottery, lotto). Meaning "choice resulting from the casting of lots" first attested c.1200.

Sense of "plot of land" is first recorded 1630s (distribution of the best property in new settlements often determined by casting lots), that of "group, collection" is 1725, from notion of auction lots. The generalized sense of "great many" is first attested in 1812. To cast (one's) lot with another is to agree to share winnings.

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