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27 / 06 / 2005

DRAWING LOTS: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend! One of our readers, Alberto, wrote to us to ask the meaning of an expression which he had heard TWICE in one day! However, this British-English expression is not that common, so you might have difficulty finding its meaning in a dictionary. Today's expression is: drawing lots Meaning: it's a method that can be used to decide who will do something. This method usually consists of selecting different-sized sticks (palillos) or straws (pajitas). The person who chooses or 'draws' the shortest stick or lot is the one who must do the action; they become the 'chosen' one (el elegido). You can also draw lots by taking small pieces of paper from a bag or bowl. (In some dialects you may also hear draw straws.) Example 1: The children drew lots to see who would go first in the game. Example 2: Since we can't decide who gets the last piece of cake, why don't we draw lots? Thank you to Alberto for sending us this interesting request. If you have any questions about this expression, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a great day!