drawing lots

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Noun1.drawing lots - making a chance decision by using lots (straws or pebbles etc.) that are thrown or drawn
decision, determination, conclusion - the act of making up your mind about something; "the burden of decision was his"; "he drew his conclusions quickly"
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But the members were bound to take other measures for finding out the truth, and they resolved on praying and drawing lots.
You will do as the majority decide, or you will be `the first' without the formality of drawing lots," said Monsieur Thuran threateningly.
It is the will of the majority," announced Monsieur Thuran, "and now let us lose no time in drawing lots.
As for us, we were three days without anything to eat or drink, so that we began to think of drawing lots who should feed the rest, when we saw La Gironde; we made signals of distress, she perceived us, made for us, and took us all on board.
I was assisted to this conclusion by seeing some of them gathered round the master of the boat, at one of the tables, drawing lots with all the anxieties and passions of gamesters depicted in their countenances; while others, with small pieces of cardboard in their hands, were groping among the shelves in search of numbers corresponding with those they had drawn.
A BRIGHT rainbow seat of hope was drawing lots of attention at a previously troubled East Cleveland village.
IN this technological era, surely there's a better way of deciding qualification than drawing lots.
Guinea - who only reached the quarter-final through the random procedure of drawing lots - were disappointing from start to finish.
Sako was again in the spotlight after Mali's 1-1 draw against Guinea which resulted in his homeland's exit after the near-farcical lottery of drawing lots.
Though tempted by Atletico at 10-3 to win inside 90 minutes, the wiser policy is to back them at 15-8 to lift the trophy be it after extra-time, penalties, or drawing lots; drawing lots being the story of their season in big games.
External experts will be selected by drawing lots among all experts with professional competence relevant to the subject matter of the public procurement contract.