fist·​ful | \ˈfist-ˌfu̇l \

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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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 Civility is not going to win over anyone who is clutching a fistful of feces. Nestor Ramos,, "A year ago I wrote about a national push for civility. So, how’s that going?," 28 June 2018 With the release date for Nicki Minaj's fourth studio album Queen approaching, the 35-year-old has been teasing fans with a fistful of tracks and hearty promises for the past several weeks. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj Announces NICKIHNDRXX Tour Featuring Future: See the Dates," 11 June 2018 Then came dessert—a coupe glass full of Pepto-pink mango panna cotta garnished with passion-fruit foam, tiny cubes of kiwi and strawberry, and a stoner's fistful of Cocoa Puffs. Marian Bull, GQ, "Stoner Food Has Gotten Fully Baked," 7 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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a knickknack or trinket

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