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    Lightbulb what is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence?

    Hey guys, hope you all are doing great.

    My question as you can read in the title is about the meaning of "lot".
    The context I'm going to write here is from a TV series called "The passing-bells" which is about WW1.

    Sergeant: Be home by Christmas!
    Soldier A: Oh, We heard that before.
    Soldier B: Did you hear?
    Soldier A: I heard.
    Soldier B: So, that's it then?
    Soldier A: Well, they haven't told us to pack and go home yet.
    Soldier B: But, they will. won't they? If the Kaiser's gone, that's good, ha?
    Soldier A: yeah, it won't be long now. All we need now is for someone to tell that lot.

    I don't get the meaning of the underlined part properly. Is it simply saying "All we need is someone to tell that decision or news or something"?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: what is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence?

    In BrE, "lot" used this way means a group or a bunch. In AmE, Soldier A would have said: "All we need now is for someone to tell those guys."

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    Re: what is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    In BrE, "lot" used this way means a group or a bunch. In AmE, Soldier A would have said: "All we need now is for someone to tell those guys."
    Thank you so much dear friend.
    What about that "for" which is used before someone? Can we omit it and say "All we need now is someone to tell those guys"?

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    Re: what is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence?

    Yes, that would also be correct.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jill Dorchester View Post
    In BrE, "lot" used this way means a group or a bunch. In AmE, Soldier A would have said: "All we need now is for someone to tell those guys."
    And 'lot' used to mean a number of people often suggests an element of contempt or dislike. I don't know the full context, but I imagine it's saying 'the war's nearly over, but the enemy soldiers haven't been told yet'.

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    Re: what is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence?

    You are correct, BobK, if that is your name. "Lot" is dismissive in both Am and Eng. It is categorical, too.

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