- Their fur, feathers and skins, wonderfully textured and coloured, the symmetry of the patterns they make and the exquisite arrays of stripes and spots are there to be emulated.
- These spots have raised centers that may develop on either surface of the leaf but are more common on the lower surface.
- Affected stems often have reddish-brown spots or streaks.
- An infestation can sometimes be recognized by blood stains and dark spots of excreta.
- Here ink spots clearly are ink spots, and Kalina employs them in a carefree punctuation that sets up a joyful rhythm across the sheet.
- In his nervousness, he cut himself, standing back and watching the blood trickle down his cheek; a small spot settling on the collar of his shirt.
- He crawled, looking for a secluded spot like the Tall Soldier had.
- It's a wonder how all of this art, architecture and creativity ended up in such a secluded spot.
- Garbled details would be passed on by word of mouth and soon convoys of hatchbacks would head out for sunrise sessions in motorway service stations and picnic spots.
- Finally, the one bright spot amongst the added features is a five-minute excerpt from the boys' appearance at the 1997 Cable Ace Awards.
- About the only bright spot is the colorful feature starring Lewis Van Dercar.
- One bright spot is simply that hard-core rap has knocked out such unmusical predecessors as heavy metal and punk.
- But what I really find interesting is that Gosford Park took Black Hawk Down's spot.
- A few of their top picks (which I will not reveal, out of deference to the work they put into the analysis) went within two or three spots of the predicted order.
- A labor-union pioneer deserves a spot in baseball's Hall of Fame.
- The audio archives section contains radio spots and full songs related to the film.
- On the other side are the easily deluded, the ones who believe that a hit single or a television spot circumvents money to actually purchase happiness.
- Aardman has subsequently worked on a number of advertisements, the most distinctive of which are probably the Lurpak spots featuring a character made of butter named Douglas.
- Davis brings a beautifully written character to life without a spot of bother, and she makes a wonderful addition to the Spaced cast.
- Treating me to a spot of food and a fresh coffee in the garden, he started to explain why you should choose to use your art to make political statements.
- It is not simply schoolchildren who benefit from a spot of Mozart.
- The Detroit ethanol spot price data were obtained from Kapell.
- When that happened, Bass said, he told buyers to lower spot market bids.
- There is also a spot market, but no real-time pricing exists.
verb (spots, spotting, spotted)
- Late that day one of the search crews spotted Doug's body in such rugged terrain they were unable to get to it before dark.
- I also spotted a fair amount of grain in the transfer.
- I like spotting the eel, who is very shy and hides under rocks.
- That is until a former talent scout for Newcastle United spots him while on holiday and insists he make the trip to trial for the Toon Army.
- Dumby's spectacular football prowess has been spotted by a city talent scout, which sets up the need for him to win Best Player in the final against a much stronger team.
- A record label sinks or swims on its A & R department's ability to spot hot new talent, and Grainge considers Cowell one of the best.
hit the spot
- informal Be exactly what is required: the cup of coffee hit the spotMore example sentences
- It's the pride and sense of achievement in that last line that hits the spot.
- It hits the spot when I'm in the mood for a creamy, fruity, snack.
- When it's good, it hits the spot in perfect fashion.
in a spot
- informal In a difficult situation.Example sentences
predicament, mess, difficulty, trouble, plight, corner, quandary, dilemmainformal fix, jam, hole, sticky situation, can of worms, pickle, scrape, hot water, Catch-22
- So if you start maxing out your loan now, you might find yourself in a spot three years on, if if reverses the policy and you're left with a gigantic, interest-accruing loan.
on the spot
- Rider Strong nailed the audition with no direction whatsoever, and won the job on the spot.
- They were offered jobs with his company on the spot.
- When he displays his handiness with a temperamental car, he is offered a job on the spot.
- The camera provides a sharp, close-up view for the remote physician that is actually superior to what the doctor on the spot can get using his own unaided vision.
- Soon after, Bartley and O'Briain were on the spot when the march approached the palace, and snipers suddenly opened fire on the Chávez supporters.
- However, you get to meet luminaries of the opera world, work with fine, like-minded colleagues and are on the spot when opportunities arise.
put someone on the spot
- informal Force someone into a situation in which they must make a difficult decision or answer a difficult question.Example sentences
- It's hard for her to hear me say that, but if I am put on the spot and asked a difficult question, I'll answer it.
- I have never had a student who asked so many questions, who put me on the spot so much, who insisted on understanding every detail of every subject.
- I had been silent for most of the lesson until Peter, the teacher, put me on the spot and asked me a question.
Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch spotte. The sense 'notice, recognize' arose from the early 19th-century slang use 'note as a suspect or criminal'.
Words that rhyme with spotallot, begot, Bernadotte, blot, bot, capot, clot, cocotte, cot, culotte, dot, forgot, garrotte (US garrote), gavotte, got, grot, hot, jot, knot, lot, Mayotte, motte, not, Ott, outshot, plot, pot, rot, sans-culotte, Scot, Scott, shallot, shot, slot, snot, sot, squat, stot, swat, swot, tot, trot, undershot, Wat, Watt, what, wot, yacht
For editors and proofreaders
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.