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I think Linux is a great thing, because Linux is an alternative to Windows, and because, of all the operating systems that are at all relevant today, Unix is the best of a bad lot.
Jamie Zawinski

Meaning of "a bad lot" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF A BAD LOT

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE A BAD LOT

a bad patch
a bad penny
a bag of bones
a bag of cats
a beam in one´s eye
a bed of roses
a big ask
a big fish in a small pond
a bird in the hand
a bit
a bit much
a bit of
a bit of all right
a bit of slap and tickle
a bit thick
a bolt from the blue
a breath of fresh air
a bull in a china shop

WORDS THAT END LIKE A BAD LOT

airline pilot
ballot
blot
broken lot
bush lot
Camelot
clot
job lot
lot
maillot
Merlot
odd lot
parking lot
pilot
plot
scot and lot
slot
studio lot
the lot
vacant lot

Synonyms and antonyms of a bad lot in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «a bad lot» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF A BAD LOT

Find out the translation of a bad lot to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of a bad lot from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «a bad lot» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

一个坏的很多
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

mala gente
570 millions of speakers

English

a bad lot
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

एक बुरा बहुत कुछ
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الكثير سيئة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

плохая много
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

muito mau
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

একটি খারাপ অনেক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

un mauvais lot
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Banyak yang buruk
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

ein schlechtes Los
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

悪いやつ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

나쁜 많은
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sing akeh
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

rất nhiều xấu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஒரு மோசமான நிறைய
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

वाईट खूप
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Kötü bir parti
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un poco di buono
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zły los
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

погана багато
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

mult rău
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μια κακή παρτίδα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

´n slegte lot
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

mycket dålig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

dårlig mye
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of a bad lot

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «A BAD LOT»

The term «a bad lot» is quite widely used and occupies the 40.933 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about a bad lot

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2 QUOTES WITH «A BAD LOT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word a bad lot.
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Nandan Nilekani
When India got independence, entrepreneurs were seen as a bad lot, as people who would exploit.
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Jamie Zawinski
I think Linux is a great thing, because Linux is an alternative to Windows, and because, of all the operating systems that are at all relevant today, Unix is the best of a bad lot.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «A BAD LOT»

Discover the use of a bad lot in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to a bad lot and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Gen 13 Best of a Bad Lot 1
Now, the classic teen team is reimagined for a new generation by writer Gail Simone and artist Talent Caldwell.
Gail Simone, 2007
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
... a bad and unpleasant person: He s not a bad lot -just a bit wild. badly /'baBd.li/ adverb (worse, worst) unpleasant© 1 Q in a severe and harmful way: She was badly affected by the events in her childhood. Fortunately, none of the passengers ...
‎2008
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Rajpal Dictionary Of English Idioms & Phrases
... does a bad job cannot be paid his salary A bad lot: A group of persons whose company is bad * The boy is part of a bad lot and thus should be avoided A bad man is better than a bad name: It is advisable to preserve one's reputation even if  ...
Shori, A K, 2010
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Bad Sisters
She was a bad lot. Very pretty, but a bad lot.' Deeley shrugged; she couldn't argue with that. 'Dead now,' the woman said, dragging on her cigarette as if it were her main source of nutrition, never taking her eyes from Deeley's even as the thin ...
Rebecca Chance, 2011
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Slang and Its Analogues Past and Present: A Dictionary ...
1849. Thackeray, Pendennis, lx. ' He's a bad'un, Mr. Lightfoot—a bad lot, sir, and that you know.' 1866. Sala, Trip to Barbary, 130The manin black baize with the felt képi, .. . looked fromheadtoheel a bad egg. 1867. Leland, Breitmann Ballads.
Anonymous
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A Modern Approach to Operations Management
Assume that a lot with F = 10% defectives is considered to be a bad lot and a lot with/= 2% defectives is considered to be a good lot. From Figure, it is clear that Plan A would stand a 14% chance of accepting a bad lot. The same unfortunate ...
Ram Naresh Roy, 2005
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Applied Reliability, Third Edition
Type II. error.designates.the.acceptance.of.a.bad.lot..Obviously.it.is.costly.to.a. producer.to.throw. away.or.rescreen.acceptable.material.due.to.Type.I.error.. Similarly,.the.cost.to.the.user.of. taking.product.with.a.high.reject.rate,.because.of. a.
Paul A. Tobias, David Trindade, 2011
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Statistical Quality Control: A Loss Minimization Approach
Likewise, the customer determines what constitutes bad conformance, and what risk he is willing to take of accepting a bad lot by error. With this information in place both parties seek a sampling plan that will achieve all these ends. That is, the ...
Dan Trietsch, 1999
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The Routledge Dictionary of Historical Slang
A person, gen. pejoratively as in a bad lot, or ironically as in a nice lot: from ca 1846: coll. Thackeray, in Vanity Fair, (apropos of Miss Sharp) 'A bad lot, I tell you, a bad lot'. Ex the auction-room. lot, a; lots . A considerable quantity or number; ...
Eric Partridge, 2003
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Scientific Realism: How Science Tracks Truth
But our best theory may well be but 'the best of a bad lot'. So, in order for the advocates of 1BE to argue that 1BE leads to truth, they must assume a principle of privilege. That is, they must assume that 'nature predisposes us to hit on the right ...
Stathis Psillos, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «A BAD LOT»

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Why Peabody Energy Corporation (BTU), Amphenol Corporation …
You couldn't find a sector in the green today, but utilities were the best of a bad lot. In fact, it was a tough day to find many winning stocks, but Peabody Energy ... «Investorplace.com, Jun 15»
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Bond markets alternate between panic and greed
IShares 1-5 GB corporate bond fund has been the best of a bad lot in the bond section of the portfolio in recent weeks. It is the fund's largest bond holding at 14 ... «Financial Times, Jun 15»
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Sketch: Why the 'Votes at 16' campaign is more dangerous than you …
Of course, as the history of the Commons has shown all too often, the quickest way to fall in with a bad lot and go down the criminal path is to get involved in ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Jun 15»
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National broadband glee club a reminder of monopoly folly
But now it's about making the best of a bad lot. Mr Turnbull has the right attitude in trying to make NBN as customer-focused as possible, and is doing a good job ... «The Australian Financial Review, Jun 15»
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Kentucky voters weigh hotly contested GOP governor's primary
George Behrend voted for Louisville businessman Hal Heiner. "I guess you could say he's the best of a bad lot," Behrend said. "He's the most straightforward.". «Huntington Herald Dispatch, May 15»
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Can the explanation for Labour's election failure be found in …
... voter but it's as much habit as anything else. If I think about it, I'm almost glad it's Cameron who's in power again. He seems like the least bad of a bad lot.” ... «The Guardian, May 15»
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50 Years Ago in Hockey - 64-65 Post-Mortem: Boston Bruins
Johnny Bucyk was best of a bad lot. Hamilton, Ontario's Murray Oliver was Boston's second-leading scorer, a ways back of Bucyk with 43 points, based on 20 ... «The Hockey Writers, May 15»
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Dr. B R Ambedkar Made These Predictions In 1949. They Are Still …
However good a Constitution may be, it is sure to turn out bad because those who are called to work it, happen to be a bad lot. However bad a Constitution may ... «Indiatimes.com, Apr 15»
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'The Longest Ride' looks pretty, but looks aren't everything
Like “The Notebook,” the Sparks' film adaptation that remains the best of a bad lot, “The Longest Ride” has two parallel love stories. One revolves around a ... «Los Angeles Times, Apr 15»
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Destiny: From Mixed Reaction to Videogame Hit
Was 2014 such a lacking year in terms of quality that Destiny was simply the best of a bad lot? No, of course not. 2014 had some stinkers, sure, but there were ... «Den of Geek!, Jan 15»
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