I've just finished watching "Pride" and one thing stays unclear to me. There was a scene where a guy comes up to a group of women and asks with a dose of anger in his voice "It's you lot, is it? The gays?" What exactly "lot" does here? Thanks for help.

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    "You lot" means "you people" in British English. – Lambie Jan 31 '16 at 23:19
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    Lot as noun check here sense 1 and 1.1 . (ODO) – haha Feb 1 '16 at 0:50
  • It's how a future pillar-of-salt in the Old Testament summoned her husband. – Senex Ægypti Parvi Feb 2 '16 at 5:58

"You lot" is a mainly British colloquialism for "You people", but perhaps with a slightly greater sense of defining the people addressed as subordinate to the speaker. It's not necessarily derogatory, although the example above seems to suggest discrimination, but it usually indicates the speaker is asserting some sort of authority.

A policeman might say to a group of teenagers crowding around a vehicle accident: "You lot - get out of here!"

  • I find it difficult to believe that Americans never say Hey, you lot... Or something like this lot are far better than the last lot, when talking about any group from the government to the office cleaners. – WS2 Feb 1 '16 at 0:35
  • @WS2 - but it's true- we don't say it. Hey you guys. This group's a lot better than the last one Even crop- This crop's a lot better than the last one. – Jim Feb 1 '16 at 0:43
  • In the south, "y'all" serves a similar purpose. – Sonny Childs Apr 21 '18 at 21:41

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