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. This resolution can be a ground of surprise only to those who are unacquainted with that obscure religious life which has gone on in the alleys of our towns.
We are apt to think it inevitable that a man in Marner's position should have begun to question the validity of an appeal to the divine judgment by drawing lots; but to him this would have been an effort of independent thought such as he had never known; and he must have made the effort at a moment when all his energies were turned into the anguish of disappointed faith.
"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. It is as fair for one as for another.
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.
It provides purchase vouchers to martyrs' families, in addition to drawing lots on golden medals to the visitors.
Members of national teams would discover what they were competing in by drawing lots, which could result in Mo Farah going for gold in ludo, and Barnsley tiddlywinks champion Bessie Wainwright taking on Russian heavyweight Ivan Appetite in the open wrestling.
Meanwhile, pending resolution, the tribunal ordered the Muntinlupa RTC to "grant courtroom access to as many media representatives as may be accommodated." At least four journalists, determined through drawing lots, will be granted access to the court room.