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    A large dollop

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    "Letís say youíre asked to write a recipe for the most sensational murder trial of the year. It might go something like this:
    One charismatic victim.
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    A dash of religion. A large dollop of sex. Dozens of gra phic photos. An unspeakable act of violence."
    My question is :
    Does "dollop" here mean "a small amount of something" or "a large amount of something"?

    Definition by Webster Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary ,2: a usually small amount of something .
    ▪ A dollop of milk was left in the container.▪ large dollops of wit and humor
    Definition by Macmillan dollop - definition of dollop by Macmillan Dictionary 2 a large amount of something.
    You'll need a big dollop of luck to succeed.
    So does ""dollop" mean "a small amount of something" or "a large amount of something" or it pretty much depends on the context?
    Thanks!

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    Re: A large dollop

    I think both the dictionaries you consulted are wrong. This is shown by the fact that their examples apply the adjectives small and large to dollop. To my mind a dollop is a lump or blob, an amorphous mass of something, and it can be small or large.
    Last edited by probus; 07-May-2013 at 17:37. Reason: typo

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    Re: A large dollop

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    This is shown by the fact that their examples aooly the adjectives small and large to dollop.
    I assume that's a typo., and that it should be 'apply'.

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    Re: A large dollop

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I think both the dictionaries you consulted are wrong. This is shown by the fact that their examples aooly the adjectives small and large to dollop. To my mind a dollop is a lump or blob, an amorphous mass of something, and it can be small or large.
    Dollop | Define Dollop at Dictionary.com

    They're not wrong. Definition 1 is a lump or blob.

    The original poster here focused on definition 2 to the exclusion of definition 1.

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    Re: A large dollop

    I'm a little confused by the example sentence given in definition 1 in post #1. "A dollop of milk was left in the container" is a very unnatural sentence as far as I'm concerned. Once my milk has starting forming "dollops", it's way past its best and should be in the bin! Double cream - now THAT can (and should) come in dollops, and preferably on a lovely sticky dessert, like this:

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