Meaning of “lieu” in the English Dictionary

"lieu" in English

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(Definition of “lieu” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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uk /luː/ us
in lieu (of sth)

HR instead of something:

You can take a lump sum in lieu of any unused vacation entitlement.
He was offered a cash bonus, or stock options in lieu.

US LAW until an amount of money is paid to prove that a person charged with a crime will not try to leave the country:

in lieu of bail/bond He is being held in the City Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

(Definition of “lieu” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The reasons for this include a shorter period of community service in lieu of military service, families relocating and pressure at work or school.
In the case of an official, of any grade, it must impose the requisite penalties and not simply punish a few scapegoats in lieu of more senior officials.