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on the spot

Definition of on the spot

  1. 1 :  right away at the place that has been mentioned :  immediately <I offered him the job when he came for an interview, and he accepted the offer on the spot.>

  2. 2 :  at the place where something is happening <She was on the spot reporting on the fire soon after the alarm was sounded.>

  3. 3 :  in a difficult or dangerous position or situation <She was put on the spot by the question.>

  4. 4 British :  in the same location without moving forward or backward <running/jogging on the spot>



Word by Word Definitions

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  1. :  a taint on character or reputation :  fault

    :  a small area visibly different (as in color, finish, or material) from the surrounding area

    :  an area marred or marked (as by dirt)

  1. :  to stain the character or reputation of :  disgrace

    :  to mark in or with a spot :  stain

    :  to locate or identify by a spot

  1. :  being, originating, or done on the spot or in or for a particular spot

    :  available for immediate delivery after sale

    :  paid out upon delivery


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