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.
Director of the festival Mohammad al-Omar added that the event is providing purchase vouchers to martyrs' families, in addition to drawing lots on golden medals to the visitors.
If the score is still a draw, the winner is determined by drawing lots.
Amsterdam and Paris won the right to host the two EU agencies that must leave London on Brexit after a dramatic ministerial meeting in Brussels that left both result decided by drawing lots after votes were tied.
The parties' appeals were decided by five councils made up of five judges each by drawing lots.