fist·​ful | \ ˈfist-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce fistful (audio) \

Definition of fistful

1 : handful a fistful of coins
2 : a considerable number or amount a whole fistful of musicians— Thomas Lask

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Examples of fistful in a Sentence

She has won a fistful of awards. repairing the roof is going to cost a fistful of money

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Nails only need 60 seconds to dry, which is good news for anyone who wants to grab a fistful of jelly beans with one hand while giving themselves a manicure with the other. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Sally Hansen Partnered With Jelly Belly for the Sweetest Beauty Collab You Can't Actually Eat," 15 Mar. 2019 And dermatologists agree that everyone needs to take a fistful of chill pills over eliminating their smile lines, aka crow's-feet. Loren Savini, Allure, "Does Smiling Cause Wrinkles? No, and "Resting Bitch Face" Doesn't Prevent Them," 10 Oct. 2018 But the kids generally got the hang of it fairly quickly, usually after a few fistfuls of throttle that instilled a healthy respect for the bike's power. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Honda CRF50F Is the Quintessential Starter Dirt Bike," 28 Nov. 2018 Her fistful of bling (though truth be told, her glowing skin was pretty priceless, too). Vogue, "Bella Hadid Goes Back to Basics With This Chic In-Flight Favorite," 18 Oct. 2018 Police barricades were empty, a lone man in an orange Arc’Teryx jacket stood with a fistful of bands. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Palace x Polo Ralph Lauren’s Collab Arrived Today With a Civilized Drop in New York," 9 Nov. 2018 The flyer, sent out by a Republican candidate for state Senate, depicted his Jewish opponent gleefully gripping fistfuls of cash. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Trump’s top agriculture official calls Florida’s gubernatorial race “cotton-pickin’ important”," 4 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately, the medicine quickly disintegrates into a clear lump of glue, and you are forced to continuously reapply, shoving fistfuls of fluoride onto your face. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "What It Feels Like to Go on Accutane," 11 June 2018 Country fans will be delighted to hear that a fistful of twang is coming to the White Oak Music Hall this summer, with the Turnpike Troubadours, Shooter Jennings, and Canadian singer-songwriter Corb Lund making for a killer outdoor lineup July 27. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "The most anticipated concerts in Houston for 2018 (and a little beyond)," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of fistful

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fistful was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of fistful

: an amount that can be held in one hand
: a somewhat large number or amount

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