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On the spot

Spot \Spot\ (sp[o^]t), n. [Cf. Scot. & D. spat, Dan. spette, Sw. spott spittle, slaver; from the root of E. spit. See Spit to eject from the mouth, and cf. Spatter.]

  1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored.

    Out, damned spot! Out, I say!
    --Shak.

  2. A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish.

    Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a spot.
    --Pope.

  3. A small part of a different color from the main part, or from the ground upon which it is; as, the spots of a leopard; the spots on a playing card.

  4. A small extent of space; a place; any particular place. ``Fixed to one spot.''
    --Otway.

    That spot to which I point is Paradise.
    --Milton.

    ``A jolly place,'' said he, ``in times of old! But something ails it now: the spot is cursed.''
    --Wordsworth.

  5. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.

  6. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. A sci[ae]noid food fish ( Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. It has a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides. Called also goody, Lafayette, masooka, and old wife.

    2. The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish.

  7. pl. Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery. [Broker's Cant]

    Crescent spot (Zo["o]l.), any butterfly of the family Melit[ae]id[ae] having crescent-shaped white spots along the margins of the red or brown wings.

    Spot lens (Microscopy), a condensing lens in which the light is confined to an annular pencil by means of a small, round diaphragm (the spot), and used in dark-field illumination; -- called also spotted lens.

    Spot rump (Zo["o]l.), the Hudsonian godwit ( Limosa h[ae]mastica).

    Spots on the sun. (Astron.) See Sun spot, ander Sun.

    On the spot, or Upon the spot, immediately; before moving; without changing place; as, he made his decision on the spot.

    It was determined upon the spot.
    --Swift.

    Syn: Stain; flaw; speck; blot; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish; place; site; locality.

Wiktionary
on the spot

prep.phr. 1 (context idiomatic English) At that very moment; right away. 2 (context idiomatic English) Having to answer or decide without warning or preparation. 3 (context idiomatic English) In a particular place.

WordNet
on the spot
  1. adv. without delay or immediately; "we hired her on the spot"; "thought they were going to shoot us down on the spot"

  2. in a difficult situation; "that question really put him on the spot"

  3. at the place in question; there; "they were on the spot when it happened"; "it had to be decided by the man on the spot"

Wikipedia
On the spot

On the spot may refer to:

  • On the Spot (TV series), a series which aired during 2003 on the WB Television Network
  • On the Spot (Canadian TV series), produced by the National Film Board of Canada from 1953 to 1954
  • On the Spot, a weekly webcast hosted by GameSpot
  • On the Spot (Rooster Teeth), a weekly online game show
  • On the Spot (US game show), a locally produced game show which aired from 1984 to 1988 on KGW-TV in Portland, OR
  • On the Spot (UK game show), a game show in the United Kingdom, which is also in conjunction with the National Lottery
  • " On the Spot", a retired pricing game from The Price Is Right
  • On the Spot (2011 TV series), a reality/trivia TV series that debuted in US syndication in 2011
  • On the Spot (organization), student broadcast organization at UC Santa Cruz
On the Spot (TV series)

On the Spot is a short series which aired during 2003 on the WB Television Network. The show was a mixture of scripted sketches and improvisational comedy.

On the Spot (game show)

On the Spot was an American game show produced by and broadcast on KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon as a daily series from September 1984 to October 1988. Newscaster Larry Blackmar was host, while local disc-jockey Michael Bailey announced.

The series was based on an original concept created by Douglas K. Vernon, who at the time was a videotape editor for KGW.

On the Spot (UK game show)

On the Spot is a BBC National Lottery game show that was broadcast on BBC One from 29 July 2000 to 2 September 2000. The programme was hosted by Des O'Connor.

On the Spot (2011 TV series)

On the Spot is an American weekly syndicated television series that debuted in September 2011. The series is produced and distributed by Bellum Entertainment Group.

On the Spot (1959 TV series)

On the Spot is an Australian television series which aired from 1959 to 1960 on Melbourne station GTV-9. It was a religious panel discussion series moderated by Douglas Tasker. It was reported of having an audience of 50,000 viewers. It debuted 6 December 1959 and ran for about a year.

On the Spot (Canadian TV series)

On the Spot was the first television series made specifically for TV by the National Film Board of Canada, which aired on CBC Television for two seasons from 1953 to 1954. Each episode reported on a different aspect of life in Canada. The series was originated by Bernard Devlin.

Series segments were produced with a three-person crew: a director, cameraman and on-screen host, usually Fred Davis.The series debuted on October 6, 1953, at 7:45 pm and ran until June 30, 1954 for a total of 39 episodes. Episodes were initially 15 minutes in length. However, the NFB asked the CBC to increase the time slot to 30 minutes for the second season. The series changed time slots frequently, playing as late as 11:45 pm on Monday nights before going to Sundays at 4:30 pm. The second season aired on Sundays at 10 pm. Cancelled after the 26 episodes of the second season, On the Spot was replaced by Perspective, a 30-minute show that mixed documentary reports and dramatizations on contemporary Canadian issues.

On The Spot (documentary TV series)

On The Spot is a documentary TV series created by directors Eszter Cseke and Andras S. Takacs in their native Hungary. Each season has a central theme (ethnic tribes, children of dictators, birth around the world, etc.), using a fly on the wall style of documentary filmmaking. It premiered November 7, 2009, on Spektrum TV. It currently airs on Hungarian public television channels Duna and Duna World. Many of On The Spot's films are also shown across several European countries on special interest channels such as Spiegel TV and Sport 1 (subsidiaries of Liberty Global, Autentic and AMC Networks International), as well as Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle.

The series takes its inspiration from famed Hungarian war correspondent Robert Capa who wrote, “If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.”

Usage examples of "on the spot".

As these are all things which to a great extent can only be determined on conjectures some of which turn out incorrect, while a number of other arrangements pertaining to details cannot be made at all beforehand, it follows, as a matter of course, that Strategy must go with the Army to the field in order to arrange particulars on the spot, and to make the modifications in the general plan, which incessantly become necessary in War.

There is therefore a very natural tendency to use this moral force to repair the disaster on the spot, and on that account chiefly to seek another battle if other circumstances permit.

In half a minute he would have been on the spot where the negro lay had not the boys run in swiftly and pumped a dozen bullets into his eyes and down his open mouth.